Each night we'll provide you with the nine top Joe Mauer Jersey story lines from the day's action, beginning with the stars of the day, and look ahead to the next day's matchups.

The Reds avoided a sweep Thursday night with a 6-4 win over the Phillies, who were coming off a pair of walk-off 5-4 victories. But Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips made sure the brooms stayed in the closet. Phillips was stellar, going 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Reds to victory. Phillips has been on a tear of late with four straight multihit games to raise his average to .311.

Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha rebounded from his first lo s of the year. After losing to the Dodgers on May 30 in St. Louis, Wacha shut down the Dodgers bats Thursday night in Los Angeles. Wacha improved to 8-1 on the year by striking out five and allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings as the Cardinals handed the Dodgers a 7-1 lo s.


Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon returned to the lineupThursday and went 2 for 4 in his 2015 debut. Playing for the first time this season after battling a sprained MCL in Kirby Puckett Jersey his left knee and a strained oblique, Rendon singled in his first at-bat.Rendon hit .287 with a .351 on-base percentage, 21 home runs and 83 RBI last season.

Here are more highlights from Thursday's games:

Impact Players:

C Hank Conger, Astros:Conger is only hitting .204 on the season, but went 2 for 4 on Thursday with a double and home run.

1B Steve Pearce, Orioles:Pearce has had a hard time finding consistency at the plate this season, but went 2 for 4 with an RBI on Thursday.

2B Ian Kinsler, Tigers:The Tigers may be struggling, but Kinsler went 2 for 3 on Thursday with an RBI and a walk.

SS Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals:Peralta went 3 for 4 with and RBI, walk and run scored to help lead the Cardinals to a win over the Dodgers.

3B Brett Lawrie, Athletics:Lawrie went 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored in Oakland's 7-5 win over Detroit.

OF Adam Jones, Orioles:Jones went 3 for 4, including a solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Orioles to a 3-2 win over the Astros.

DH Torii Hunter, Twins:The 39-year-old has found the fountain of youth in his return to Minnesota. He remained hotThursday with a 3-for-5 game and Robbie Grossman Jersey three RBIs.

SP Carlos Rodon, White Sox:The Chicago rookie struck out 10 over six solid innings, allowing just one run on five hits.

Key Injuries:

The Dodgers were vague Wednesday night and again Thursday aboutdid not play Wednesdayagainst the Rockies. Jansen, whohas a history of heart problems,told the Dodgers he wasn't feeling well. The team finally cleared things up before Thursday night's game against the Cardinals, saying Jansenwas dealing with high blood pre sure and other symptoms in Denver but was fine to play Thursday.

The , on the disabled list since May 25 with a hip injury, to left field.

In an expected move, the Rangers placed outfielder Josh Hamilton on the 15-day DL with a .Left-handed pitcherRo s Detwilerwas activated from the disabled list.

Mets third baseman Daniel Murphy left Thursday's win over Arizona with a quad injury and could be headed to the DL. The Mets were already down to their backup third baseman with David Wright out with a spinal Marwin Gonzalez Jersey injury. The injury-plagued Mets could be getting second basemanDilson Herreraand catcherTravis d'Arnaudback soon with both beginning minor league rehab a signments to heal fractured fingers.

Surprise Performers:

Good:Astros first baseman Chris Carter struck out three times Thursday, but also doubled in the fourth inning against the Orioles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and raise his batting average to a season-high .206. He finally raised his average over the Mendoza lineWednesday with a 2-for-3 night that included a pair of homers.

Bad: The Tigers have won the AL Central in four straight seasons, but are mired in a seven-game losing streak.

Web Gems:

It wasn't pretty, but both Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Gio Gonzalez displayed some nice athleticism and Gumby-like flexibility to twist, throw and roll while getting a Cubs rookie out at first.

Royals shortstopAlcides Escobar made a dazzling bare-handed throw Phil Hughes Jersey to first to retire Cleveland'sMichael Bourn.

.s right arm > your right arm.


Facts of the Day:

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey struck out nine Diamondbacks over seven innings of New York's 6-2 win over Arizona. It was Harvey's first start at Arizona since his MLB debut onJuly 26, 2012, when he struck out 11 batters.

The White Sox might want to skip the first inning or, perhaps, just play better early.

White Sox have been outscored 46-14 in the 1st inning this season, both the most allowed and fewest scored 1st inning runs in the league.

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon mentioned the movie "Major League" while by Cubs outfielder Junior Lake on Wednesday.

Neither Mets manager Terry Collins or pitcher Bartolo Colon are pleased with the when it comes to Colon's plate appearances.

Another day, another ejection in Major League Baseball. It was Buck Showalter's turn Thursday. The by home plate umpire Brian Gormanfor arguing balls and strikes during Baltimore's 3-2 win over the Astros.

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips on avoiding a sweep in Philadelphia after a pair of difficult lo ses (via Fox Sports broadcast):"I'm just glad we got a win. I think we should've swept these guys. Hopefully, we can stay hungry and play like we did (Thursday)."

Off the Field:

Former Yankees pitcher and MLB coach . The 73-year-oldStottlemyre also served as a pitching coach for the Mets, including their 1986 World Series team, Astros, Yankees and Mariners. He was diagnosed withmultiple myeloma in 2001 and was told he had three to five years to live.

Royals manager Ned Yost and Giants skipper Bruce Bochy will be the managers for July's All-Star Game. They on Thursday. Yost tabbedAstros manager A.J. Hinch and Josh Donaldson Jersey Mariners managerLloyd McClendon to help with with the AL squad. Bochywill be a sisted by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Bryan Price of the host Reds.

The reigning World Series championGiants used their off-day before a weekend series in Philadelphia to asguests of President Barack Obamaon Thursday.