Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with two RBI as the Rangers beat the A's 9-4 on Wednesday.
The outfielder recorded three singles on the evening, raising his line to .270/.333/.527 in 69 games. The runs batted in gave him 50 on the season to go with 18 home runs. He's having a terrific season in his walk year, and it could lead to a big payday come winter.
Brandon Phillips hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning to give the Reds a 2-1 win over the Pirates on Wednesday.
Phillips has struggled of late, as he's just 12-for-59 (.203) in June, and he was struggling again on Wednesday before the single in the 13th inning. The slump has dropped his average on the season to .272. Maybe Wednesday's heroics will ignite his bat once again.
Rickie Weeks hit a game-winning two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Brewers beat the Astros 3-1 on Wednesday.
It was Weeks' first game hitting leadoff this year, and he responded by going 2-for-4 with the winning home run. The homer was his sixth of the season, and while he's taken a while to get going his average has been slowly rising since the middle of May. He's always a slow starter, so expect him to continue to get better as the season rolls on.
Wil Myers hit a two-run double, his first two runs batted in, to help the Rays beat the Red Sox 6-2 on Wednesday.
The hit, which came in the seventh inning, was Myers' only hit in five at-bats on the night, but it was an important one in his history. Through three games with the club he has just two hits, but expect Myers to start showing more of why the Rays traded for him as he continues to get at-bats.
Justin Morneau finally hit his third home run of the year Wednesday in the Twins' 7-4 win over the White Sox.
Morneau hadn't gone deep since April 28. He owns a decent .289 batting average in 64 games this season and has been effective with runners in scoring position, but the power has completely vanished. It may be a struggle for him to reach a double-digit home run total.
Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer in the Cardinals' 4-1 defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday in St. Louis.
The two-run shot was Yadi's only hit of the night but it was a big gone, breaking a 1-1 tie and putting the Cardinals ahead for good. Molina, the best defensive catcher in baseball, is now batting .365/.406/.514 with five homers and 41 RBI. He might be the early NL MVP.
Adam Lind hit a three-run homer in the Blue Jays' 5-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.
The hit was Lind's only in four at-bats, but it was enough to give the Jays the win. Lind is quietly putting together a terrific season, as the homer was his ninth to go with a .340/.406/.555 batting line.