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Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 over 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, netting a no-decision in Sunday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Rays.

It was a record-setting day for the Red Sox, as Rodriguez combined with the bullpen to strike out 21 Rays batters over the first nine innings. The left-hander lost out on a win when Tampa knotted things up in the eighth inning, but much more important is that E-Rod is hitting his stride as the playoffs near with a 2.03 ERA over his last eight starts. Boston is playing its best baseball of the year, as well, with 11 straight victories. Rodriguez will close out his regular season at home against the Blue Jays.
Sep 25 - 5:22 PM

Edwin Diaz tallied his 17th save Sunday in the Mariners' defeat of the Twins.

Diaz struck out one in a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the Mariners' one-run lead. It was a reassuring outing from the hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander, who blew a save Wednesday when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Bautista.
Sep 25 - 5:20 PM

Edinson Volquez surrendered four earned runs over 2 2/3 innings but the Royals beat the Tigers on Sunday.

Tigers starter Matt Boyd was far worse, yielding four runs in the top of the first inning without recording an out. Volquez walked four and gave up six hits, including a Victor Martinez grand slam in the bottom of the third. He'll try for better in his final start of the 2016 season next weekend versus Cleveland.
Sep 25 - 5:17 PM

Jake Odorizzi had his shortest outing of the season Sunday, lasting just three innings while allowing two runs in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

He was lucky to permit just the two runs, as Odorizzi yielded four hits and three walked while throwing a whopping 84 pitches over his three frames. It's a hard one for his fantasy owners to swollen as they come down the stretch, but the matchup was certainly a difficult one. Odorizzi has been excellent overall in the second half (2.81 ERA) and should be better next weekend in Texas.
Sep 25 - 5:16 PM

Matt Boyd failed to record an out Sunday in the Tigers' loss to the Royals.

Boyd gave up four runs on two singles, a double, a triple, and a homer in a nightmare of a first inning. This after he worked eight innings Tuesday against the Twins. The young lefty may have hit a wall here in late September.
Sep 25 - 5:14 PM

Dustin Pedroia hit a solo homer and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th-inning of Sunday's win over the Rays.

Pedroia's dinger in the third inning had the Red Sox on top until the Rays came through with a run in the eighth. He scored the winner on a wacky play in the 10th where he should've been thrown out by 10 feet, but Pedoira danced around catcher Luke Maile before diving in to touch home plate as he dislodged the ball from Maile's glove. Pedroia has gone deep in two straight.
Sep 25 - 5:12 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera finished 2-for-5 with four RBI in the Mets' 17-0 rout of the Phillies on Sunday.

That's not a football score. Jose Reyes also drove in four runs for the Mets in the afternoon outburst at Citi Field, and Curtis Granderson slugged his 30th home run of the season. Cabrera singled in the sixth inning and popped a grand slam off Frank Herrmann in the seventh. The veteran shortstop has been a steadying force for the Mets all season, now with a .281/.336/.482 batting line and 23 homers in 135 games.
Sep 25 - 4:59 PM

Marco Estrada limited the Yankees to one run over seven innings but took a no-decision in a 4-3 victory for the Blue Jays.

Estrada struck out seven, walked two and yielded just four hits, but one of them was a solo shot by Didi Gregorius to tie things up in the seventh. It was reported earlier this month that Estrada has been pitching through a herniated disc in his back, but the righty has now allowed just one run over his last 14 frames. His regular season concludes next weekend in Boston.
Sep 25 - 4:57 PM

Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Sunday night's game against the Cubs.

It's unclear if Diaz was going to sit out anyways, or if manager Mike Matheny is giving him a day to grieve after his childhood friend and neighbor, Jose Fernandez, was killed in a tragic boating accident early Sunday morning.
Sep 25 - 4:54 PM

Michael Pineda held the Blue Jays to one run over 5 2/3 innings while recording seven strikeouts in a no-decision Sunday.

Pineda was inefficient as he often can be, but the only run he allowed on the day was a solo home run to Jose Bautista in the fourth inning. It was the big right-hander's fifth straight no-decision, and he hasn't picked up a victory since August 5. Pineda's final start of the season will come Friday against the Orioles.
Sep 25 - 4:54 PM

Robert Gsellman delivered seven scoreless innings Sunday in the Mets' rout of the Phillies.

Gsellman was backed by a 17-run outburst from the Mets offense. He did his part by yielding just three hits -- all singles -- and striking out eight against two walks. The rookie right-hander has registered an impressive 2.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts over his first 38 2/3 innings as a major leaguer. A rematch with the Phillies is next.
Sep 25 - 4:51 PM

Joe Musgrove was excellent on Sunday afternoon in Houston, allowing just one run over seven innings in the Astros' 4-1 victory over the Angels.

The one run he gave up came on an RBI single up the middle by Rafael Ortega in the top of the fourth inning. Musgrove struck out four, didn't walk a batter, and scattered seven hits. The rookie right-hander now holds a 4.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 62 innings this year. He'll finish the regular season with a road start against this same Angels squad.
Sep 25 - 4:48 PM

Nelson Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Twins due to soreness in his left wrist.

The issue is believed to be minor. Cruz inflicted massive damage on the Twins before departing, smashing a pair of solo home runs in his first three at-bats. The Mariners should provide an update on his status after Sunday's game, but expect him to be listed as day-to-day.
Sep 25 - 4:47 PM

Roberto Osuna blew a save but picked up a win Sunday, allowing two runs in his inning of work against the Yankees.

Osuna was tasked with protecting a one-run lead in the top of the ninth but coughed it up on a one-out RBI single from Mason Williams and a sac fly from Ronald Torreyes. However, the Blue Jays then rallied with two runs over their own in the bottom of the frame to make Osuna a winner.
Sep 25 - 4:45 PM

Ken Giles earned his 14th save of the year Sunday in the Astros' victory over the Angels.

Giles was hit on the wrist by a batting practice ball on Saturday but escaped without any major injuries. He walked one and struck out two in a hitless ninth inning Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
Sep 25 - 4:42 PM



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