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Ryan Merritt notched his first major league win on Friday after tossing five innings of one-run ball against the Royals.

Expectations were low for the assignment, as Merritt was simply filling in with Corey Kluber sidelined, but he was brilliant in his first major league start. The former 16th round pick held the Royals to just three hits while walking none and striking out four. He kept them off the board after an RBI single from Eric Hosmer in the first inning and retired the final 13 batters he faced. The Indians couldn’t have asked for much better.
Oct 1 - 12:26 AM

Yordano Ventura fell to 11-12 after allowing four runs over six innings Friday versus the Indians.

Things fell apart for Ventura in the third inning, as he gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. He allowed six hits in all on the day while walking three and striking out eight. He also hit Francisco Lindor, apparently in retaliation for him celebrating after hitting a double in his previous at-bat. Ventura remains a frustrating talent in many ways. He took a step back this year, posting a 4.45 ERA over 32 starts while seeing an increase in his walk percentage and a decrease in his strikeout percentage.
Oct 1 - 12:26 AM

Francisco Lindor busted out a slump by going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in a 7-2 win over the Royals.

Lindor snapped an 0-for-29 hitless streak with a double off Yordano Ventura in a four-run third inning. He celebrated the double and Ventura apparently didn’t like it, as he hit him with a pitch in his next at-bat in the fifth inning. Lindor responded by slugging a three-run homer off Brian Flynn in his next at-bat. Even with the quiet September, the 22-year-old shortstop is batting .303/.359/.436 with 15 homers, 75 RBI, and 19 steals.
Oct 1 - 12:25 AM

Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored Friday versus the Royals.

Santana gave the Indians the lead by knocking in two runs with a triple in the third inning. He also singled and doubled, so he finished a home run short of the cycle. The 30-year-old put together a monster September and has established new career-highs this season with 34 homers and 87 RBI.
Oct 1 - 12:25 AM

Yan Gomes entered Friday’s game against the Royals as a defensive replacement.

Gomes was activated from the disabled list on Friday after missing 16 days with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. Most assumed he was done for the season at the time of the injury, so it’s amazing he has managed to make it back. Still, it’s unclear whether he’ll show enough this weekend to justify a spot on the ALDS roster.
Oct 1 - 12:24 AM

Eric Hosmer went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

Hosmer now has 104 RBI to go along with 25 homers. The increased run production has been useful for fantasy owners, but he has sacrificed some contact in the process. His OPS has dropped from .822 to .761 this year.
Oct 1 - 12:24 AM

Jayson Werth was forced to leave Friday's game against the Marlins due to back tightness.

It sounds more like the typical back soreness that an aging veteran experiences throughout the season rather than a serious ailment. Still, it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure.
Oct 1 - 12:20 AM

Tyrell Jenkins was removed from Friday's game against the Tigers with what has been diagnosed as ulnar neuritis in his right arm.

Jenkins will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but it's safe to say that his 2016 season is finished. He finishes his rookie campaign with a 5.88 ERA and 26/33 K/BB ratio over 52 innings of work.
Sep 30 - 11:51 PM

David Ortiz slugged a go-ahead two-run homer to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.

Well, of course he did. The Blue Jays had a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts each drove in runs with singles to tie things up before Ortiz took Brett Cecil deep down the right-field line. Ortiz now has 38 home runs, his most since his 30-season in 2006. He also had an RBI single on the night and finds himself tied for the AL lead with 127 RBI. He leads the majors with a .625 slugging percentage and a 1.027 OPS. It has been a remarkable swan song, but Red Sox fans are hoping he has more heroics in store during the postseason.
Sep 30 - 11:48 PM

Craig Kimbrel wiggled out of a shaky ninth inning Friday against the Blue Jays for his 31st save of the season.

Kimbrel was pulled after walking three straight batters in his last appearance against the Yankees and the control was again on issue on Friday. He issued a pair of walks in the frame, but managed to strike out Dioner Navarro swinging to end the threat and lock down the victory. Kimbrel has only blown two saves this season, but he has looked much more human than we’ve been accustomed to in his career. How he handles the pressure of the postseason will be interesting.
Sep 30 - 11:47 PM

Rick Porcello gave up three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.

Porcello held the Blue Jays scoreless over the first four innings before giving up three runs in the fifth, including a two-run homer to Jose Bautista. He was in line for his fifth loss, but the Red Sox battled back to take him off the hook. The 27-year-old will finish the regular season at 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 189/32 K/BB ratio in 223 innings. He’s squarely in the mix for the American League Cy Young Award.
Sep 30 - 11:47 PM

Marco Estrada tossed five innings of one-run ball Friday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

The only run scored on an RBI single from David Ortiz in the first inning. Estrada gave up just four hits in all while walking two and striking out four. He left in position for the victory, but Toronto’s bullpen coughed up the lead. Estrada allowed just two runs combined over his final three starts and will wrap up the regular season with a 3.48 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 165/65 K/BB ratio over 176 innings. It was unrealistic to expect a repeat of his 3.13 ERA from last season, but he’s been an important part of Toronto’s rotation once again.
Sep 30 - 11:47 PM

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a run scored Friday versus the Blue Jays.

Pedroia has hit safely in five straight games and has gone 10-for-23 during the stretch. He’s now up to 201 hits for the season to go along with a .322/.379/.454 batting line. This is his first 200-hit season since he won the American League MVP Award in 2008.
Sep 30 - 11:45 PM

Jose Bautista had a big night at the plate Friday against the Red Sox, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, two walks, and two runs scored.

Bautista snapped an 0-for-13 hitless streak with his two-run blast off Rick Porcello in the fifth inning. The blast gave the Blue Jays the lead at the time, but the Red Sox would eventually fight back for the victory. This has been a disappointing season for Bautista on the whole, but he at least managed five homers and 17 RBI in September.
Sep 30 - 11:45 PM

Rougned Odor smacked his 33rd home run of the season on Friday as the Rangers bested the Rays 3-1 in Texas.

His solo shot off of Rays' starter Matt Andriese in the sixth inning increased the Rangers' advantage to 3-1. Odor also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, slashing .272/.297/.504 with 33 long balls and 88 RBI.
Sep 30 - 11:37 PM



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