AROUND THE HORN
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.