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Justin Turner was diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has been on the disabled list since the end of July because of a bothersome skin infection on his right inner thigh.

He’s being going through baseball drills at Dodger Stadium over the last couple of days and could be activated as early as Thursday evening, but the 30-year-old revealed something rather troubling Wednesday in a discussion with the media

It’s obviously under control now, but staph infections are serious business around baseball clubhouses and other types of locker rooms because of the nature of what goes on inside those facilities and the way these infections spread. Turner was slashing .323/.387/.563 in 87 games before landing on the disabled list.

Edwin Encarnacion out again Wednesday with finger injury, but hopes to return Thursday

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Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is out of the lineup Wednesday for the third game in a row with a left middle finger injury that he suffered in late July.

The issue flared up over the weekend in New York and he hasn’t appeared in a game since Saturday. But it’s looking like EE will avoid the disabled list.

MLB.com’s Jamie Ross says that Encarnacion is scheduled to take batting practice prior to Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the A’s and could be inserted into the lineup if the workout goes well.

“It’s a little frustrating,” Encarnacion told reporters on Wednesday evening in Toronto. “The way I’ve been swinging the last couple of weeks, been swinging good, my timing is getting better, and now I’ve gotta deal with my finger. It’s tough.”

The 32-year-old is batting .251/.349/.476 with 21 home runs and 64 RBI this season for the Blue Jays, who are just a half-game back of the Yankees for first place in the American League East standings.

Bryce Harper back in Nationals’ lineup after knee scare

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Bryce Harper had to be scratched from the Nationals’ starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers due to soreness in his left knee, but all is well with the 22-year-old superstar …

Harper is batting .333/.460/.650 with 29 home runs and 69 RBI this season for the Nationals, who are currently 2 1/2 games back of the Mets in the National League East standings.

Washington is 5 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Video: Hisashi Iwakuma completes no-no vs. Orioles

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Hisashi Iwakuma threw his first career no-hitter Wednesday versus the O’s. Here’s how it ended

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager made an incredible catch in foul territory for the first out of the ninth inning. It seems like every no-hitter or perfect game has a signature, standout defensively play.

Hisashi Iwakuma throws no-hitter against the Orioles

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Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has just completed the fourth no-hitter of the 2015 season.

The Japanese starter walked three batters but struck out seven in a historical 116-pitch effort as the Mariners defeated the visiting Orioles 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field.

Iwakuma joins Randy Johnson, Chris Bosio, and Felix Hernandez as the only Mariners starters to throw a no-no. Kevin Millwood and five relievers also combined for a no-hitter against the Dodgers in 2012.

Iwakuma was thought to be a trade candidate at the July 31 deadline, but the Mariners opted to keep the 34-year-old impending free agent and he rewarded them Wednesday by stirring up one of the loudest home crowds Safeco Field has heard this season. It’s been a disappointing summer overall for the M’s, who carried postseason expectations after an active winter but stand 54-61 even after Wednesday’s victory.

Iwakuma has also breathed some much-needed life into his open-market value. He had a stellar 3.07 in 524 innings between 2012-2014 but entered his start Wednesday with a 4.41 ERA in 63 1/3 frames.

Those nine scoreless innings have pushed his season ERA down to 3.86.

The no-hitter was also Iwakuma’s first career complete game.