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Gregor Blanco finished 2-for-7 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's easy 13-inning 5-2 versus the Dodgers.

Blanco's corked a 419-foot shot off Dan Haren to begin the game. He wouldn't drive in another run for 12 more innings, when his double ended up plating two; the play ended when Blanco was gunned down trying to go for third. Blanco has been a usable if unspectacular mixed league player since late August.
Sep 23 - 2:48 AM

Carl Crawford hit a solo homer in Monday's game against the Giants.

Crawford finished 1-for-5. He's hit safely in his last four games to continue a monster September. The veteran outfielder is 24-for-58 (.414) with six doubles, a triple, three homers and 14 RBI this month. Overall, he's slashing .290/.327/.419.
Sep 23 - 2:38 AM

Dan Haren yielded two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings in a no-decision versus the Giants Monday.

He was coming off an additional day of rest, as Los Angeles decided to give Jamey Wright a spot start in Sunday's series finale at Chicago so Haren could take the ball against the hated Giants instead. Haren reversed a troubling trend: Dodgers' starters came into tonight in a terrible funk, having posted a 8.88 ERA over 25 1/3 innings while failing to work five innings even once in the last seven games. The bullpen (5.97 ERA) wasn't much better during that stretch. Fortunately, both showed up tonight (well, until Kevin Correia was called up in the 13th, anyway). Haren (13-11, 4.03 ERA) welcomes the Rockies to Los Angeles on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 2:36 AM

Jake Peavy limited the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in Monday's no-decision

Peavy struck out four and walked one. He was going for his career-high fifth consecutive victorious start. Peavy started his Giants' career 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA, but has gone 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA over his last eight starts since winning his first game of the season. Peavy (7-13, 3.78 ERA) has a nice matchup to close out the year when he hosts the Padres on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 2:35 AM

Kevin Quackenbush pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season on Monday against the Rockies.

Since taking over closing duties from an injured Joaquin Benoit on August 20, Quackenbush has posted a 3.21 ERA across 14 innings. On the year, he's 6-for-7 in save situations with a 2.58 ERA, 1.09 ERA and 55/18 K/BB rate over 52 1/3 innings.
Sep 23 - 1:07 AM

Justin Morneau finished 2-for-4 with a double in Monday's 1-0 loss versus the Padres.

Morneau was returning to the lineup after getting an off-day on Sunday. Morneau has been on fire, coming it this game batting .415 with nine RBI and 11 runs scored in his last 11 games. Consider Morneau a nice daily play during this series. He's 12-for-25 (.480) in eight games at Petco Park this season. He's generally a good daily play: Morneau leads the National League with a .320 average.
Sep 23 - 1:03 AM

Eric Stults shut out the Rockies over 6 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits, in Monday's 1-0 triumph.

Stults struck out five and walked one. In so doing, the left-hander managed to stay tied with Philadelphia's A.J. Burnett for the most losses in the majors (8-17). That isn't to say he's pitching poorly. On the contrary, Stults, who was 3-13 with a 5.22 on July 27, has gone 5-4 with a 2.90 ERA in his 10 starts since. Stults' final assignment of the season takes place in San Francisco on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 1:00 AM

Tyler Matzek tossed six innings of one-run ball on Monday against the Padres.

Unfortunately, that run came in the first inning, and the Padres proceeded to slap nine consecutive zeroes across the Rockies. Colorado had been going for their longest winning streak (7) in 17 months. Matzek pitched well, striking out eight and walking one. He enjoys facing San Diego. In his last start against the Padres, on September 5, Matzek hurled a three-hitter in his first career complete game. He ends the season on a high note, going 4-2 with a 1.55 ERA in his last six starts. Overall, Matzek went 6-10 with a 4.05 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 91/44 K/BB rate.
Sep 23 - 12:59 AM

Josh Collmenter improved to 11-8 by holding the Twins to two runs in 6 1/3 innings on Monday.

One would think Collmenter might wear down under this much heavier-than-expected workload, but he's been better than ever of late, turning in six straight quality starts. During that stretch, he's allowed just one homer in 42 innings. Beforehand, he had given up 17 in 129 1/3 innings, which is much closer in line with his track record.
Sep 22 - 11:58 PM

Didi Gregorius collected three doubles Monday in the defeat of the Twins.

Gregorius had just six doubles in 246 at-bats this year before suddenly turning into Earl Webb tonight. In truth, he's been a disaster offensively for two months now, though that hasn't stopped the Diamondbacks from playing him regularly at shortstop. It'd be for the best if they went back to Chris Owings there next year, with Aaron Hill probably sticking around to play second.
Sep 22 - 11:54 PM

Aaron Hill suffered a dislocated right pinkie finger on a slide into home plate Monday.

Players can sometimes play through a dislocated finger, but this late in the year it could certainly be a season-ending injury. The Diamondbacks are officially listing Hill as day-to-day.
Sep 22 - 11:29 PM

Adam Wainwright shut out the Cubs for seven innings Monday to become the year's second 20-game winner.

Wainwright joined Clayton Kershaw at 20 wins. The only other pitcher with a shot of getting there would seem to be Johnny Cueto, who has 18 wins with two starts left. Madison Bumgarner also has 18 wins and could have two starts left, but it's more likely that he'll be held back for the wild card game than it is that he'll start Sunday. It's Wainwright's second career 20-win season, the other coming in 2010. He's won each of his last five starts, and his ERA is back down to 2.38.
Sep 22 - 11:18 PM

Travis Wood was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- in five innings Monday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Wood isn't expected to start again this season, so unless he gets into a game in relief, he'll finish up with a 5.03 ERA. It's a far cry from last year's 3.11 mark, and the Cubs have to already be debating whether it's going to be worth keeping him around as they seek to upgrade their rotation this winter. Unfortunately, he's not going to have much trade value at all.
Sep 22 - 11:14 PM

Jon Jay knocked in three runs with a pair of singles Monday against the Cubs.

Jay has been slumping of late, but he's remained a regular anyway, even against a lefty tonight. Of course, he's actually been quite a bit better against lefties than righties this season, complicating any type of platoon arrangement with Peter Bourjos. Even with his recent struggles, Jay still has a .306 average for the season. The Cardinals will just have to hope he plays better defense in October this time around.
Sep 22 - 11:11 PM

Francisco Liriano blanked the Braves for six innings and struck out seven in a victory Monday.

Andrew McCutchen's sixth-inning homer made a winner of Liriano in a 1-0 game. Liriano has won four straight starts, allowing just one run in 26 innings in the process. The potential is there for him to be really dangerous in October.
Sep 22 - 10:50 PM



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