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Miguel Cabrera doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury and is still noticeably gimpy. Unless it gets worse, though, he figures to play through the ailment.
Aug 27 - 4:46 AM

Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

Trout hit the one-out RBI double in the fourth inning off of Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi, knocking the pitcher out of the game. It was Trout's 92nd RBI of the season. The three hits bumped his average up to .289. This three-hit effort isn't the norm in front of the home crowd, as Trout's numbers are noticeably lower at home (.258/.351/.525) than they are on the road (.312/.390/.584). "Noticeably lower" is still really good in Trout's case. Work on that home average, maybe? On the year he's slashing .289/.374/.558.
Aug 27 - 1:37 AM

Albert Pujols singled three times and drove in two runs in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Marlins.

Miami's pitchers were giving up hits galore, as the Angels as a team picked up sixteen knocks in the 8-2 win. Pujols drove in two with an RBI single in what ended up being a five run fourth inning for the Angels. He's driven in 80 runs on the season. Despite an overall solid slash line of .277/.333/.472, Pujols has been in a bit of a power drought since the All Star break, as he's only hit three home runs since the middle of July after hitting 21 in the first half of the season.
Aug 27 - 1:36 AM

Matt Shoemaker yielded only two hits and no runs over seven innings in an 8-2 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday.

The pressure is on Shoemaker to prove he's a viable mid-rotation starter -- and playoff option -- with 13-game winner Garrett Richards lost for the season with a torn left patellar tendon. You wouldn't know it's fazing him. One day after Richards' ligament snapped, Shoemaker entered the seventh inning with a no-hitter and finished with 7 2/3 shutout frames against the Red Sox. Tonight he was nearly unhittable as well. Shoemaker, who went undrafted out of college and represents a huge victory for Los Angeles' scouting department, is 4-0 with a 0.77 ERA in his last four outings. The right-hander improves to 13-4 with a 3.33 ERA overall. Shoemaker hosts the A's in his next turn.
Aug 27 - 1:35 AM

Nathan Eovaldi was hammered for six earned runs on 10 hits over just 3 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Angels.

Eovaldi walked one while striking out four. The right-hander has now lost three straight outings, allowing 12 earned runs (and three unearned) over 14 1/3 innings for a 7.53 ERA. He entered that rough patch 6-6 with a 3.99 ERA. Those numbers are worse for the wear now, and Eovaldi will welcome the Mets to Southern Florida on Monday with a 6-9 record and 4.30 ERA.
Aug 27 - 1:31 AM

Abraham Almonte hit a solo home run and an RBI single on Tuesday.

Almonte did a little bit of everything on Tuesday. The home run, Almonte's second of the year, came in the first inning off of Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson. Almonte added an RBI single in the second inning. In addition to the hits, he also added a stolen base and scored two runs. These are the kinds of games that will get him continued run in the starting lineup. Since being traded to the Padres, Almonte's slashed a nice .316/.333/.474.
Aug 27 - 1:25 AM

Scooter Gennett hit an RBI double in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Padres.

The Brew Crew's bats were mostly held down by the Padres' pitching staff. Gennett hit a ground rule double off of Padres starter Tyson Ross in the fourth inning to score Jonathan Lucroy, but that would be all the damage the Brewers could manage. It was Gennett's 26th double and 46th RBI. Scooter's been red-hot in August, slashing .354/.360/.479 for the month.
Aug 27 - 1:25 AM

Tyson Ross improved to 12-12 by holding the Brewers to one run over 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday.

Ross struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits in the strong outing. We weren't surprised. Ross is one of the best fantasy bets in the game when pitching at Petco, where he'd gone 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his last four starts and posted a 1.94 ERA prior to tonight. Ross (2.64 ERA overall) has another home start coming up, this one against the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Aug 27 - 1:24 AM

Jimmy Nelson served up four runs -- two earned -- in five innings Tuesday as the Brewers fell to the Padres 4-1.

Nelson surrendered a one-out solo homer to Abraham Almonte in the first inning, and then the Brewers pecked away at him for three runs in the third. With Matt Garza (left oblique strain) nearing a return, it's possible that Nelson will be shipped to the bullpen to make room in the rotation. The rookie right-hander is 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Aug 27 - 1:21 AM

Matt Kemp singled, homered and walked in Tuesday's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Kemp finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He has leveled off a bit since a dominant June (.900 OPS) and July (.894), coming into tonight with a mediocre .226/.277/.440 slash line in August. Fortunately for his owners, the power hasn't disappeared even as Kemp has struggled to get on base. Perhaps tonight's performance will shake him out of his mini funk.
Aug 27 - 1:20 AM

Adrian Gonzalez finished 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Gonzalez is 6-for-9 (.667) with two doubles, a homer and seven RBI in his last three games. The veteran first baseman is batting .325 this month, and is slashing .275/.334/.460 overall. Gonzalez is on pace for 22 homers and 110 RBI.
Aug 27 - 1:19 AM

Roberto Hernandez earned a win by limiting the Diamondbacks to three run and six hits over six innings Tuesday.

It certainly helped that Trevor Cahill melted down and Hernandez had an 8-3 lead when he strode to the mound in the bottom of the fourth. Hernandez allowed only nine earned runs total in six starts between July 9-August 14 to slash his ERA from 4.25 to 3.72, and has now coughed up three earned runs apiece in his last two starts. Hernandez is fine when he induces weak contact and keeps the ball on the ground, but he leaves himself precious little margin for error with a poor 90/63 K/BB ratio. Hernandez kicks off a two-start week with a tussle against the Nationals on Monday.
Aug 27 - 1:19 AM

Trevor Cahill was blasted for eight earned runs over 3 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Dodgers.

The next time Cahill sees the Dodgers will be too soon -- regardless of the month, temperature, and even continent, they've had his number this season. Cahill was whipped for five runs and eight hits in four innings to kick off his season in Australia on March 23. Then, on April 13, the Dodgers bludgeoned Cahill for seven runs in four innings. That start was so bad Arizona kicked Cahill out of the rotation. Let's put this in perspective: Tonight's performance was the worst of the bunch. Between July 14 (when he was recalled from the minors) and yesterday, Cahill went 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in seven starts. Luckily for him, no Dodger blue will be in sight with a trip to San Diego on deck.
Aug 27 - 1:18 AM

Robinson Cano hit his 12th home run of the season on Tuesday.

Cano would finish the game 1-for-3. The home run was a first inning solo shot off of Rangers' starter Nick Martinez. It gave the second baseman 72 RBI for the year. While Safeco has predictably lowered Cano's home run totals off of his Yankee years, he's doing just about everything else right for the M's, slashing .326/.394/.469 for a winning Mariners club.
Aug 27 - 1:14 AM

Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with a triple on Tuesday.

The triple was Jackson's sixth of the season. Since being traded to the Mariners at the deadline, Jackson's struggled mightily, as his numbers have dropped in the slash categories (.272/.332/.398 with the Tigers, just .239/.293/.283 with the Mariners). It's never a good sign when you're slugging less than your OBP. Hopefully this triple is able to get him going.
Aug 27 - 1:14 AM



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