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Kennys Vargas went 1-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

The sixth-inning blast with Miguel Sano aboard tied the game but the Twins would not score again. Vargas spent most of the season in the minors. He has gotten to play only sparingly in the majors although he has performed quite well when given the chance. He is batting .244/.352/.519 with nine longballs and 19 RBI in just 135 at-bats.
Sep 28 - 11:38 PM

CC Sabathia said that he hopes to continue pitching after the 2017 season.

"I know I want to pitch after next year, but I haven't thought about where or what. Hopefully it will be here. We'll see," Sabathia said. His current contract is set to expire at the end of the 2017 season. He will be 37 years old at that juncture. Despite some rocky moments, the veteran southpaw has done a nice job transitioning from a thrower into a pitcher as his stuff has diminished. In 172 1/3 innings this season, Sabathia holds a 4.02 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 144/63 K/BB ratio.
Sep 28 - 11:35 PM

Seth Lugo surrendered two runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets prevailed 5-2 over the Marlins on Wednesday.

He gave up a two-run jack to Martin Prado in the first inning then hung zeroes until being relieved in the sixth inning. He allowed five hits and issued three free passes while striking out just two in the ballgame. His 6.33 strikeouts per nine innings leaves something to be desired but you can't argue with a 2.67 ERA and 5-2 record in 64 innings. Don't expect it to last -- he had a 6.50 ERA in 73 1/3 minor league innings this year.
Sep 28 - 11:29 PM

Jose Urena was touched up for five runs over five innings in a loss to the Mets on Wednesday.

He struck out two, walked two and allowed eight hits -- including a pair of two-run homers. James Loney took him deep in the second inning. The ice-cold Jay Bruce went yard in the fifth. Urena split time this season between the bullpen and the rotation, ending up with a miserable 6.13 ERA and a 4-9 record. He fanned only 58 batters in 83 2/3 innings.
Sep 28 - 11:26 PM

Jeurys Familia struck out two in a perfect ninth inning versus the Marlins on Wednesday to notch his 50th save of the season.

He is the first pitcher to hit the 50 save mark this season. It is highly doubtful anyone else will get there. He saved 43 games last year. Familia is rocking a cool 2.62 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings.
Sep 28 - 11:25 PM

Seung Hwan Oh said he felt renewed discomfort in his groin in the ninth inning Wednesday.

Oh was pulled after trying to field a comebacker off the bat of Jose Peraza in the top of the ninth inning. He spun quickly to throw to first base after picking up the ball and did not look comfortable in that process. This could be the end of the road for the impressive South Korean rookie, assuming the Cardinals can't climb into a National League Wild Card spot and advance to the NLDS. They fell 2-1 to the lowly Reds on Wednesday night in St. Louis. Kevin Siegrist may be called on for save chances over these final four regular-season tilts.
Sep 28 - 11:24 PM

Curtis Granderson went 4-for-4 and scored a run in a win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

All four hits were singles. He also walked in the game, reaching base safely in all five plate appearances. Four hits in a game is a rarity for the likes of Granderson, who is known much more for his power than his batting average. He is now batting .233 with 30 home runs. He he has knocked in only 59 runs but has scored 85 in 147 games.
Sep 28 - 11:19 PM

Raisel Iglesias picked up his fifth save of the season Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Iglesias worked two scoreless innings to close out the 2-1 victory at Busch Stadium. He surrendered a leadoff triple to Kolten Wong in the bottom of the ninth but induced two groundouts and a shallow pop-up to stymie that threat. Iglesias has taken over at closer for the Reds with Tony Cingrani hitting some late-season speed bumps.
Sep 28 - 11:17 PM

Martin Prado went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

His first-inning blast gave the Marlins an early lead but they couldn't hang on. He has a stellar .305 batting average although his counting stats lag behind. He has hit just eight home runs to go with 75 RBI and 69 runs scored. The batting average is nice but he doesn't do enough of the other things to make himself a quality fantasy player.
Sep 28 - 11:14 PM

Anthony DeSclafani worked six innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a win over the Cardinals.

The only run St. Louis managed the entire night came on a doubleplay groundout in the bottom of the fifth inning by pinch-hitter Matt Adams, scoring Aledmys Diaz from third base. DeSclafani struck out three and walked two, yielding six total hits. He finishes the 2016 regular season with a promising 3.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 105/30 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings.
Sep 28 - 11:13 PM

Chris Owings went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two steals in Wednesday's rain-shortened win over the Nationals.

Owings and leadoff hitter Jean Segura combined to collect five of the Diamondbacks' eight hits on the watery evening. The five-inning game was called following a long delay. With the two steals, Owings has swiped an even 20 on the season. That mark tops the career-best 18 that he notched in 2015.
Sep 28 - 11:13 PM

Mike Leake allowed two earned runs over five innings Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss to the Reds.

It was much better than some of his other recent outings, but the Cardinals could muster only one run of support on seven hits. Leake struck out six and walked none, and the two runs against him came on a bloop single by Adam Duvall in the top of the third inning. Leake finishes the 2016 regular season with a 9-12 record, 4.69 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 125/30 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He's under contract with St. Louis through 2020 on a five-year, $80 million deal he signed last winter.
Sep 28 - 11:09 PM

Chris Tillman gave up two runs -- one earned -- in 5 2/3 innings but didn't stick around long enough to get the win as the Orioles came back late to beat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday.

Both runs scored on sacrifice flies in the first and second innings. He gave up six hits and three bases-on-balls while striking out just two batters on the night. It was a nice bounce-back effort for a guy who has pitched quite poorly down the stretch. He will take a nice 16-6 record and 3.77 ERA into the offseason. He is likely to be rewarded with a lucrative free agent contract this winter.
Sep 28 - 11:06 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Lucas Duda was scratched from Wednesday's lineup merely to give him a breather.

Duda was a late scratch from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, but there is no injury concern here. The Mets simply wanted to give the 30-year-old first baseman a little breather before they hurtle into the final handful of games in the 2016 regular season.
Sep 28 - 11:05 PM

Francisco Liriano turned in a gem on Wednesday, striking out 10 batters while firing 6 1/3 shutout frames, but he had to settle for a no-decision against the Orioles.

He left the game with a 2-0 lead but watched as his closer coughed up the lead and the game in the ninth inning. Perhaps most impressively for him, he issued only one free pass on the night. This is the guy who is second in the major leagues in walks allowed this year. After putting up a 5.46 ERA with the Pirates he has registered a 2.92 ERA since being dumped on the Blue Jays. Overall he is 8-13 with a 4.69 ERA in 29 starts and two relief appearances. He has 168 strikeouts and 85 walks in 163 innings.
Sep 28 - 11:04 PM



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