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Jorge Soler went 3-for-5 and hit his 10th homer Monday as the Cubs edged the Pirates 8-7 in 13 innings.

The Cubs won on Miguel Montero's pinch-hit single in the 13th. Soler, who homered off Tony Watson to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, was gone by that point, having been removed on a double switch. Still, it was a much needed strong night for him. The Cubs are about to get Chris Coghlan back and they've been using Ben Zobrist more in the outfield in order to keep Javier Baez's strong glove in the infield. Soler needs to hit if he's going to play a lot during September.
Aug 30 - 1:32 AM

Jake Arrieta stumbled Monday, giving up six runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates.

Arrieta has thrown eight scoreless innings twice this month, but at no point has he really resembled the guy who won Cy Young honors last year or the one who opened this season with a 0.84 ERA through six starts. He's still better than fine, but he's not quite dominant. He gave up two homers tonight, bringing his total to nine allowed in his last 10 starts. He gave up a total of four homers in his first 16 starts of this year and 10 in 33 starts last year.
Aug 30 - 1:30 AM

Steven Brault gave up three runs -- two earned -- in four innings Monday in his start against the Cubs.

Brault kept the Pirates in the game, which is all the team really could have been hoping for when they called him up before the game. He might get more starts in September, but the Pirates do have alternatives, including Drew Hutchison and Tyler Glasnow.
Aug 30 - 1:27 AM

Javier Baez had four hits in six at-bats in Monday's 13-inning game.

He was twice thrown out at home plate, though neither was a miscue on his part. Baez entered the night with a .197/.227/.296 line in 71 at-bats during August. Still, his glove has been earning him a lot of playing time.
Aug 30 - 1:25 AM

Josh Bell homered and walked twice before being removed in a double switch Monday against the Cubs.

If Clint Hurdle had it to do all over again, he surely would have left Bell in there. The rookie has been the team's best hitter since his recall 10 days ago, and the Pirates were playing short-handed on the bench tonight. It certainly wasn't worth taking Bell out when Hurdle made the move.
Aug 30 - 1:24 AM

Matt Shoemaker yielded two runs in seven innings Monday in a win over the Reds.

Shoemaker struck out seven and walked none. It's the ninth time this year he's gone without walking a batter in a start. He deserves better than his 7-10 record and probably better than his 3.91 ERA; his FIP is about 2/5ths of a run lower.
Aug 30 - 1:19 AM

Dan Straily was pounded for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Angels on Monday.

Straily has been a pretty great stopgap for the Reds this year, but he sure didn't have it tonight, giving up four homers to the 17 batters he faced. He had gone 10 straight starts without ever giving up four runs, much less four homers. He's now 10-7 with a 3.92 ERA.
Aug 30 - 1:16 AM

Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and a walk in the win over the Reds on Monday.

Trout is the AL's best player, again. He probably won't be the MVP, again. Enjoy it anyway. With his two runs scored tonight, he reached the century mark for the fifth straight season. He's scored 78 more runs in anyone in baseball (557, Ian Kinsler next at 479) during that span.
Aug 30 - 1:13 AM

C.J. Cron finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a double Monday against the Reds.

Cron went 1-for-11 in his first three games back from the DL, but he's hit in six in a row since. He should be an everyday player the rest of the way, making him a fringy mixed-league option.
Aug 30 - 1:10 AM

Jon Gray struck out eight over six scoreless innings Monday in a defeat of the Dodgers.

Just when it seemed like Gray was out of gas, he's come back with a couple of nice starts. He's struck out as many batters in his last two outings (18) as he did in his previous four. The Rockies will want to be careful for Gray in September, which could mean shutting him down a little early. He's currently slated to face the Diamondbacks on Sunday, but the Rockies have Thursday off and could shuffle their rotation some.
Aug 30 - 12:44 AM

DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI versus the Dodgers on Monday.

The Rockies have played a lot of home games this month, and LeMahieu is taking advantage, having hit .444 with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBI, 17 walks and 22 runs scored in 23 games. He should have a shot at player of the month honors, but Kris Bryant is the clear favorite.
Aug 30 - 12:41 AM

X-rays came back negative on Corey Seager's left wrist.

Seager was hit by a pitch twice on Monday -- including off his wrist in the seventh inning -- but he stayed in the game. Fortunately, tests ruled out anything serious, but he's expected to get the day off on Tuesday at the very least.
Aug 30 - 12:36 AM

Joc Pederson went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 0-for-16 with nine strikeouts over the last week.

Pederson's start tonight was just his third in seven games, as the Dodgers hit a stretch against a handful of lefties. Perhaps it's the lack of action taking a toll, or perhaps it's just a little slump. Prior to Aug. 23, he had been hitting .284/.389/.526 in 95 at-bats since coming off the disabled list in July.
Aug 30 - 12:34 AM

Yu Darvish recorded nine strikeouts while allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings in Monday's 6-3 win over the Mariners.

Two of the runs charged to Darvish scored after he exited, as Franklin Gutierrez hit a pinch-hit, two-run double off of reliever Jake Diekman in the seventh inning. Still, it was the right-hander's eighth straight quality start, and he continues to pile up strikeouts. Darvish now holds a 3.01 ERA and 90/21 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings this season. He'll take on the Astros on Sunday.
Aug 30 - 12:21 AM

Jose Peraza exited Monday's game against the Angels with a facial contusion.

Peraza was hit in the ear/jaw area by a pickoff throw at first base in the third inning. He was down on the ground for a while, but fortunately he didn't suffer any fractures. We should know more about his status on Tuesday.
Aug 30 - 12:21 AM



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