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Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI on Sunday, powering the Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals.

Bell clubbed a two-run homer off of Mike Leake in the first inning then tacked on a two-run single during a three-run uprising in the third. With the two-hit attack, Bell is hitting .261/.340/.493 with 21 homers and 72 RBI in what has been a breakout season offensively.
Aug 20 - 10:09 PM

Starling Marte went 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs as the Pirates topped the Cardinals on Sunday.

Both of Marte's hits were singles and he was also hit by a pitch in the game. He has shown an alarming lack of power since returning from suspension, with just one home run and seven total extra-base hits in his 37 hits. For the season, Marte is hitting .278/.342/.372 with three homers, 15 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
Aug 20 - 10:09 PM

Felipe Rivero shut down the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, picking up his 14th save of the season.

Tasked with protecting a three-run lead, Rivero made things interesting by allowing a walk and a single, but was able to escape without any damage. He owns a spectacular 1.31 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 73/16 K/BB ratio across 61 2/3 innings on the season.
Aug 20 - 10:09 PM

Ivan Nova earned his 11th victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Cardinals to three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Nova fanned five on the night and didn't walk a batter. He allowed a two-run homer to Jedd Gyorko in the second inning, but that was it until Kolten Wong's RBI single in the sixth. Now 11-10 on the year, Nova owns a 3.81 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 103/24 K/BB ratio in his 160 2/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Reds his next time out in Cincinnati on Friday.
Aug 20 - 10:08 PM

Jedd Gyorko blasted a two-run homer as the Cardinals fell to the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Gyorko's two-run shot off of Ivan Nova pulled the Cardinals to within a run at 3-2 in the second inning. He also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. The 28-year-old is enjoying another solid season offensively, slashing .269/.336/.464 with 17 homers and 59 RBI.
Aug 20 - 10:08 PM

Mike Leake was clobbered in Sunday's loss to the Pirates, giving up six runs on eight hits over his three innings of work.

The right-hander struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Josh Bell inflicted most of the damage against him, crushing a two-run homer in the first inning and adding a two-run single in the third. Leake has fallen off of a cliff since his strong start to the season and now sports a 4.16 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the season. He'll try to get back on track on Saturday against the Rays.
Aug 20 - 10:07 PM

Eight representatives from the Dodgers' front office including president of baseball operations Andrew Freidman were in Japan on Sunday to scout Shohei Otani.

The Dodgers, like most other teams, have expressed interest in the two-way Japanese star who may decide to make the jump to Major League Baseball this winter. Otani thew a 58-pitch bullpen session prior to Sunday's game, then went 3-for-3 plus a walk for the Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday. The Dodgers aren't able to exceed a $300k signing bonus for an international prospect during the 2017-2018 signing period, so they may hope that Otani waits an additional year to come stateside.
Aug 20 - 10:07 PM

Joey Gallo suffered a non-displaced nasal fracture during his collision with teammate Matt Bush on Sunday.

He'll be re-examined on Monday before potentially joining the team in Los Angeles. In addition to the nose injury, he'll have to pass through the concussion protocol before he's cleared to rejoin the Rangers. It remains unclear if he'll require a trip to the disabled list, but it seems likely he'll miss at least a couple of games.
Aug 20 - 9:44 PM

Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 and drove in two runs on Sunday, propelling the Nationals to a 4-1 victory over the Padres in San Diego.

Murphy got the Nationals on the board with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and then slashed a go-ahead run-scoring single into right field in the fifth. He continues to produce at an elite level, slashing .325/.381/.561 with 20 homers and 81 RBI.
Aug 20 - 8:25 PM

Wilmer Difo went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles as the Nationals topped the Padres on Sunday afternoon.

Difo has done an admirable job filling in for the injured Trea Turner, slashing .279/.340/.385 with four homers, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 254 plate appearances. His days of fantasy relevancy could be coming to an end soon though with Turner beginning a minor league rehab assignment on Monday.
Aug 20 - 8:23 PM

Sean Doolittle struck out all three batters that he faced in the ninth inning on Sunday, protecting a three-run lead to earn his 14th save of the season.

The 30-year-old southpaw has been terrific since joining the Nationals, adding stability at the back end of the bullpen. He owns a 2.97 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 47/7 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings on the season.
Aug 20 - 8:20 PM

Gio Gonzalez was dominant in Sunday's victory over the Padres, racking up eight strikeouts while allowing just one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez scattered five hits and a walk on the day. The 31-year-old southpaw has been outstanding this season, and has now logged quality starts in 14 of his last 15 outings. He's now 12-5 on the year with a sparkling 2.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 150/62 K/BB ratio in 162 innings. He'll look to keep on rolling when he takes on the Mets at home on Saturday.
Aug 20 - 8:12 PM

Wil Myers swiped his 15th base of the season in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

He finished the day 0-for-4 at the plate, but reached on an error and stole second base in the first inning. Myers has been a bit of a disappointment this season, slashing .237/.323/.456 with 24 homers and 59 RBI.
Aug 20 - 8:12 PM

Dinelson Lamet struggled in a losing effort against the Nationals on Sunday, allowing three runs on three hits over 4 2/3 innings.

While the hits didn't do him in, Lamet also issued six free passes on the afternoon. On the plus side, he combated those by striking out eight. While he has been remarkably inconsistent this season, Lamet has shown flashes of brilliance. He'll carry a 4.84 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 100/35 K/BB ratio into Saturday's matchup against the Marlins in Miami.
Aug 20 - 8:12 PM

Ryan Hanigan said after Sunday's game that he's "a little banged uo" with a slight groin strain.

It doesn't sound like it's serious enough to force him to the disabled list, but is something worth monitoring. The veteran backstop is hitting .255/.317/.340 with two homers and 12 RBI in 105 plate appearances on the season.
Aug 20 - 7:57 PM



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