"That game belongs in Lake Michigan — with cement shoes tied around it. That was awful."

— Cubs manager Joe Madden after Chicago lost 11-2 to the Rockies at Wrigley Field, getting only four hits. Cubs starter Yu Darvish left after giving up six runs in 4⅓ innings.



Three-homer games for Mookie Betts, more than any Red Sox ever. He was tied with Ted Williams at three.


Months Giants reliever Will Smith was idle (Tommy John surgery) until his scoreless inning Wednesday in a 9-4 victory over the Padres.

Monster day

Edwin Encarnacion

DH, Indians

He hit three homers and had six RBI in Cleveland's 12-4 rout of the Rangers on Wednesday. Encarnacion, 35, has a team-high nine homers despite a .191 average. "I feel very comfortable about myself and I know what I can do," he said. "It's just about timing and about playing."