Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday, his ERA rising from 2.03 to 2.32. It was Strasburg's third consecutive win. Note his season innings total, minors included, is up to 109 2/3. Only 50 1/3 innings to go!
Boston Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz came off the disabled list and struggled in Oakland on Wednesday, allowing five runs, six hits and three walks in four messy innings. Buchholz, who strained his hamstring running the bases June 26, should still be counted on to improve.
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Atlanta Braves outfielder Nate McLouth singled in five at-bats Wednesday in his first game off the DL after missing six weeks with a concussion. McLouth batted eighth in the order, and the one hit still raised his batting average to an unimpressive .177. He's owned in 27 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues, which seems like a lot.
Baltimore Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton hit his 16th home run of the season Wednesday, a two-run drive off James Shields. Wigginton, whose name is common in trade rumors, has homered on consecutive days; before Tuesday he had homered once since May 22. Versatility and power still make him worth owning in fantasy leagues.
Florida Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez homered Wednesday, his 10th of the season. Sanchez, among the most-dropped players in ESPN leagues, is hitting .300 after his 1-for-4 night and is on pace for 18 home runs and 74 RBIs. He's one of only six rookies to have a double-digit home run total, but none have more than his 100 hits.
Another day, another Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher gets obliterated for 10 or more runs. For the first time since 1937, a team saw three starting pitchers in a four-game span do this. Following Manny Parra and Dave Bush, it was Randy Wolf, owned in 15.8 percent of standard leagues, permitting 12 earned runs on 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday. Wolf's ERA rose from 4.56 to 5.20. If you had Wolf active, we're sorry. If Yovani Gallardo -- owned in 100 percent of leagues -- allows 10 runs Thursday, fantasy owners will really be upset.