AROUND THE HORN

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

In­di­ans: Coco Crisp is headed back to his first base­ball home. The switch-hit­ting out­fielder is on the verge of re­turn­ing to the In­di­ans, who have agreed in prin­ci­ple to a trade with the A’s pend­ing MLB ap­proval, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported. Crisp spent his first four sea­sons in the ma­jors with the In­di­ans be­fore be­ing traded to the Red Sox fol­low­ing the 2005 sea­son. He is bat­ting .234 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 102 games this sea­son for the A’s.

Ori­oles: C Matt Wi­eters hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off RHP Jason Grilli in the eighth in­ning to lead the Ori­oles to a 5-3 vic­tory over the Blue Jays. The Ori­oles pulled within three games of the first-place Blue Jays, who had a four-game win­ning streak snapped. Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ fell short of ty­ing Red Sox RHP Rick Por­cello for the ma­jor league lead with 18 wins. 3B Manny Machado hit his 34th homer of the sea­son and 100th of his ca­reer for Bal­ti­more.

Na­tion­als: RHP Max Scherzer didn’t al­low a hit un­til the sixth in­ning and he was dom­i­nant through eight as the Na­tion­als con­tin­ued their mas­tery of the Phillies with a 3-2 vic­tory. Scherzer (15-7) al­lowed three hits and struck out 11 while walk­ing one. He was per­fect through the first four in­nings, strik­ing out five con­sec­u­tive bat­ters — all swing­ing — be­tween the sec­ond and third in­nings. Ryan Howard, who got the start de­spite be­ing 1-for-18 with 11 strike­outs against Scherzer com­ing in, hit an op­po­site­field two-run home run in the sev­enth in­ning to break up the shutout. Scherzer closed the door from there, strik­ing out three more in the sev­enth and eighth en route to his 15th win of the sea­son.

Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig was claimed on re­vo­ca­ble waivers by an un­known team, To­day’s Knuck­le­ball re­ported. MLB.com re­ported the club can re­voke the waiver and keep Puig, let him and his con­tract go to the claim­ing club with noth­ing in re­turn, or at­tempt to work out a trade with the claim­ing club.

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