Wednesday Fantasy Baseball Notes

Alex Rodriguez, NYY: Rodriguez hit two home runs in support of Andy Pettitte, who picked up his second win in three starts since returning from retirement. Rodriguez’s home runs were his sixth and seventh of the season, bringing his career total to 636. He hadn’t homered since May 6.

Andy Pettitte, NYY: Pettitte pitched seven innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts to earn his second victory. He allowed two solo home runs.

Jarrod Parker, OAK: Parker matched Jered Weaver in Wednesday’s matchup with the Angels. Parker allowed one earned run in seven innings on five hits and one walk while striking out eight batters.

Carlos Beltran, STL: Beltran went 1-for-4 in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win over the Padres. He hit a two-run home run, his 14th of the season (37 RBI).

Ernesto Frieri, LAA: Frieri walked one and struck out three en route to earning his first save of the season. Strike up your circus music.

Chris Sale, CWS: Sale’s brief tenure in the Chicago bullpen still makes no sense, but it didn’t shake his confidence as a starter. Sale offered his second straight fantastic start since returning to the rotation, surrendering two hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven shutout innings against Minnesota. He lowered his season ERA to 2.50 in this start.

Scott Podsednik, BOS: Podsednik homered in his second game in the Boston lineup and went 2-for-3 in the 6-5 win over Baltimore.

Jonathan Lucroy, MIL: The sweet-swinging catcher went 2-for-4, including his fifth home run of the season, in the Brewers’ 8-5 win over San Francisco. Lucroy owns a .349 batting average with 29 RBI.

Aroldis Chapman, CIN: Chapman earned his fourth win of the season in a 2-1 win over Atlanta. Chapman pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts.

Troy Tulowitzki, COL: Tulowitzki double, homered and drove in four runs in the Rockies’ 8-4 win over the Marlins. The Rockies had gone 2-10 in their previous 12 games heading into Wednesday’s series finale.

Wandy Rodriguez, HOU: Rodriguez evened his hard-luck record at 4-4 with another tremendous effort against the Cubs. He allowed one earned run on eight hits with five strikeouts over seven innings pitched. Rodriguez lowered his season ERA to 2.14 in the victory.

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Vin Scully wished departing viewers well following Justin Upton’s two-run home run in the fifth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 11-4 win. Upton’s home run, his fifth of the season, extended the Arizona lead to 11-1, and Scully provided an honest moment. In that vein, the clock tells me it’s getting late, so I, too, will wish you well in your nighttime browsing pursuits.