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Howie Kendrick hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 4-3 win over the A's.

The Angels had squandered a bases loaded situation in the 9th inning. They made up for it the next inning on a Howie Kendrick sacrifice fly that scored Albert Pujols. Kendrick would finish the game 2-for-3 with the one RBI. He's slashing .281/.337/.370 this season.
Aug 29 - 2:10 AM

Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the A's 4-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday.

Donaldson hit the bomb off of Angels starter C.J. Wilson. He also doubled in the contest, finishing 2-for-3 with one RBI and two walks. He has 88 RBI to go with the 26 long balls. While Donaldson's average is down from his breakout 2013 campaign (.256 this year vs .301 in 2013), he's been an integral part of the A's offense this season, having already set a career high in home runs. He's also on-pace to set a career high for RBI. On the year, he's slashing .256/.346/.471.
Aug 29 - 2:03 AM

Gordon Beckham drove in two runs on Thursday.

The RBI single was his only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-3 with a walk. Beckham's now put together back-to-back solid games for the Angels. He homered on Wednesday. As we're optimists, we'd like to say that this is a sign of rejuvenation for the former top prospect. We are also realists, though, and it's unlikely that Beckham discovered magic fairy dust in Anaheim. On the season he's slashing a less-than-magical .221/.263/.340.
Aug 29 - 2:01 AM

Sonny Gray gave up six hits and allowed three runs against the Angels on Thursday.

Gray was victimized by the bottom portion of the Angels lineup. He allowed an RBI single to Erick Aybar in the second and a few batters later, Gordon Beckham drove in two. He struck out six and walked three as he managed his way through seven innings. Following a sterling 5-0 July, Gray is just 1-4 in August. These kinds of hiccups are to be expected of a second-year pitcher, as he learns how to pace himself through a full season. Despite the rough month, Gray still boasts a 3.03 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .233 BAA. Gray will try to make his September a good one, starting with his scheduled start against the Mariners in a few days.
Aug 29 - 1:58 AM

C.J. Wilson allowed three runs in five and a third innings on Thursday.

Wilson held the A's off the board until the fifth inning, when he surrendered an RBI double to Geovany Soto and an RBI single to Coco Crisp. Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run off Wilson in the sixth to knot the game at 3-3. The Angels eventually won it in the 10th inning. Wilson walked three in the contest and consistently struggled to find the strike zone. He only threw 56 of 98 pitches for strikes. Outings like this are why Wilson's boasts a WHIP of 1.40 and an ERA of 4.46. The lefty will try to put together a cleaner start when he faces the Astros next time around.
Aug 29 - 1:58 AM

Tommy Milone allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision as the Twins went on to defeat the Royals 11-5 in 10 innings on Thursday.

Milone has not had good results for the Twins, now sporting a 7.94 ERA in four starts with his latest team. Against the Royals, he yielded nine hits and two walks without recording a strikeout. On the season overall, he has a 4.21 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 70/33 K/BB ratio. Milone will match up against the White Sox at home on Tuesday in his next start.
Aug 29 - 12:10 AM

Jeremy Guthrie got a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings as the Royals lost to the Twins in 10 innings on Thursday.

The Twins racked up the hits against Guthrie with nine of them along with two walks over the right-hander's six frames. Guthrie also struck out five. He has a 4.43 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 112/44 K/BB ratio, which he'll take into Tuesday's home start against the Rangers.
Aug 29 - 12:07 AM

Alex Gordon hit his 17th home run of the season, finishing 2-for-5 overall, in the Royals' 10-inning loss to the Twins on Thursday.

Gordon tied the game up at 5-5 in the seventh inning with a solo home run off of Ryan Pressly. The AL MVP candidate now has 17 home runs, 61 RBI, eight stolen bases, and a .282/.356/.457 slash line. August has been good to him, as he is batting .305 (29-for-95) with eight home runs and 14 RBI.
Aug 29 - 12:04 AM

Brian Dozier went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run double in Thursday's 10-inning win against the Royals.

Dozier singled in a run in the fourth inning and added the Twins' fourth and fifth runs of the 10th inning with a two-run double. The second baseman has now hit safely in seven consecutive games and sports a .240/.345/.419 slash line with 20 home runs, 61 RBI, and 20 stolen bases.
Aug 29 - 12:02 AM

Jordan Schafer went 3-for-5 with four runs batted in and a stolen base in Thursday's 10-inning victory against the Royals.

Schafer singled in a run in the fourth inning, doubled in a run in the sixth, and knocked in two insurance runs with a 10th-inning single. He has performed well since joining the Twins on a waiver claim, batting .328 (21-for-64) with 10 stolen bases since August 5. Schafer is on an eight-game hitting streak as well.
Aug 29 - 12:00 AM

Cody Allen recorded four outs, all on strikeouts, en route to his 18th save of the season as the Indians defeated the White Sox 3-2 on Thursday.

Bryan Shaw got two quick outs in the eighth, but a single followed by an error by Mike Aviles made it necessary for Allen to make an eighth-inning appearance. Allen allowed an inherited runner to score on Adam Dunn's single, but struck out Avisail Garcia to end the inning. He then fanned the side in the ninth. The 25-year-old right-hander is 18-for-19 in save chances with a 1.71 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and a 77/22 K/BB ratio.
Aug 28 - 11:40 PM

Michael Bourn tripled twice, finishing 3-for-5 overall, as the Indians eked out a win against the White Sox on Thursday.

Bourn now has nine triples, the most by an Indian since Grady Sizemore hit 11 of them in 2006. The speedy outfielder tripled and scored in the first inning, then tripled and was stranded in the top of the ninth. Bourn is hitting .310 (13-for-42) in 11 games since returning from the disabled list. On the season, he is slashing .272/.329/.388 with three home runs, 25 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
Aug 28 - 11:37 PM

John Danks lost his ninth game of the season despite allowing only two runs in six innings on Thursday against the Indians.

Danks was out-dueled by Carlos Carrasco, who allowed one fewer run and recorded two more outs. The lefty gave up five hits and walked two while striking out five. Though Danks has pitched better as of late, he still sports an unseemly 4.88 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and a 109/63 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Twins on the road on Wednesday.
Aug 28 - 11:34 PM

Carlos Carrasco continued to pitch well on Thursday, earning the win after limiting the White Sox to one run over 6 2/3 innings.

Carrasco has pitched like a completely new player since rejoining the rotation on August 10. Over his last four starts, including Thursday's effort, he has a 0.73 ERA with a 24/3 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. Against the White Sox, he surrendered only four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Carrasco will look to continue his hot streak on Tuesday at home against the Tigers. He's worth grabbing in mixed leagues as long as he keeps pitching like this.
Aug 28 - 11:32 PM

Nick Tepesch was solid through four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth inning and ultimately took a no-decision as the Rangers fell 4-2 to the Astros on Thursday.

Tepesch got the first out of the fifth but allowed a single and a walk before he was relieved by Roman Mendez after throwing 89 pitches. Mendez loaded the bases after allowing a single, then served up a go-ahead grand slam to Jason Castro, allowing both of Tepesch's runners to score. Overall, Tepesch gave up the two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one batter. He'll take a 4.44 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a 47/34 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start against the Royals in Kansas City.
Aug 28 - 11:29 PM



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