It’s a Hard Tanaka Life

It’s a Hard Tanaka Life
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Kenley Jansen worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth inning to earn the save against the Padres on Sunday.

A walk and a single put runners on the corners with one out, but Jansen recovered to strike out Jake Goebbert and Seth Smith to end the threat. Jansen goes into the break with a 3.49 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 62/12 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings. He's third in the National League with 27 saves, and he'll continue to be one of the game's best closers in the second half.
Jul 13 - 11:08 PM

Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Puig's RBI single in the sixth inning ended up being the game's only run. The multi-hit game was his fourth in his last eight games, bringing his season line up to .309/.393/.522. He's also got six doubles and a triple in that span. Puig is one of the most dynamic offensive performers in the game, and he should continue to perform at a high level in the second half.
Jul 13 - 11:02 PM

Tyson Ross struck out nine while allowing one run over seven innings but he was the unlucky loser against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Ross showed off his All-Star form, limiting the Dodgers to one run on six hits and a walk, but his offense failed him yet again. The right-hander is now 7-10 while owning a 2.85 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 126/43 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 innings. Record aside, Ross arrived in the first half, and the second half should further solidify his place as one of the league's better starters.
Jul 13 - 10:55 PM

Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI in the Twins' 13-5 beatdown of the Rockies on Sunday.

Dozier led off the game with a ground-rule double, and he only got better from there. Dozier hit a solo home run in the eighth and added a three-run homer in the ninth for good measure. This season is shaping up to be Dozier's coming out party -- the second baseman has 18 home runs, 16 stolen bases, 45 RBI and an American League-best 69 runs scored heading into the break.
Jul 13 - 10:49 PM

Justin Morneau went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's loss against the Twins.

If the first baseman is disappointed about not being chosen to the All-Star Game, he's certainly not showing it. Morneau had three hits against his former team, raising his season line to .312/.345/.502. The move to Colorado has revived Morneau's career, and there's no reason to think he'll drop off in the second half.
Jul 13 - 10:43 PM

Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and three runs scored in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

The Twins banged out 18 hits on the day, and Plouffe had three of the team's 13 runs scored. He's hitting .245/.317/.409 on the season, and he'll be nothing more than an AL-only option in the second half.
Jul 13 - 10:39 PM

Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in a loss to the Twins on Sunday.

Arenado had five hits in 34 at-bats in nine games since returning from the disabled list prior to Sunday's game, but Sunday he looked more like the third baseman who hit .305/.333/.489 before his injury. It was a good ending to the first half, and now healthy, Arenado should enjoy similar success in the season's second half.
Jul 13 - 10:28 PM

Phil Hughes allowed 10 hits and five runs over five innings but took the win against the Rockies on Sunday.

Hughes was staked to a five-run lead, but he very nearly didn't hang on to get his 10th win. The right-hander did manage to strike out six while not walking a batter. It's a good end to a good first half for Hughes, who goes into the break with a 3.92 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 108/11 K/BB ratio over 121 2/3 innings. He seems to have turned a corner this year, and his good first half should carry over into the second.
Jul 13 - 10:20 PM
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