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Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI in Friday's 13-5 win over the Rockies.

The grand slam came in the ninth inning off of Rockies' reliever Juan Nicasio. It was Ozuna's 19th home run this season. The slew of RBI brought him up to 70 on the year. Ozuna had been struggling this August (.210/.300/.371), so maybe this grand slam gets him going. For the year he's hitting .261/.316/.440.
Aug 23 - 3:13 AM

Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in on Friday.

Stanton doubled off Franklin Morales in the third to score one, then singled in the ninth to score two. He also scored three runs. The double was Stanton's 27th of the season. He continues to act as a rock in the middle of Colorado's lineup and is hitting .299/.405/.565 with 32 home runs and 92 RBI.
Aug 23 - 3:07 AM

Corey Dickerson hit his eighteenth home run of the season on Friday.

Dickerson hit the bomb off of Marlins' starter Henderson Alvarez in the fifth inning. The home run was Dickerson's only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-5 in the Rockies' 13-5 loss. Hitters like Dickerson and Justin Morneau have been a few bright spots for what has otherwise been a dark season for the Rockies. In 326 at-bats this year, Dickerson is hitting .316/.370/.577.
Aug 23 - 3:02 AM

Justin Morneau hit his 14th home run in Friday's tilt with the Marlins.

Morneau finished the game 2-for-4, driving in two with his third inning homer off of Henderson Alvarez. It was Morneau's first home run since the All Star break. Despite the lack of dingers in the second half of the season, Morneau actually has bettered his slashes across the board in the second half. Since the break, he's been hitting .353/.443/.515. The Rocky Mountain air is doing him well.
Aug 23 - 2:57 AM

Henderson Alvarez gave up four runs in six innings of work on Friday.

Alvarez was the beneficiary of thirteen runs by the Marlins. It was a shaky outing, as he allowed ten hits, two of which left the yard. Justin Morneau hit a two-run shot in the third and Corey Dickerson hit another two-run homer in the sixth. Still, Alvarez picked up the win. Despite the shaky outing, he's got a 2.57 ERA and 1.22 WHIP going, in addition to a 94/28 K/BB ratio. He'll try to improve on this outing when he faces the Angels in his next start.
Aug 23 - 2:50 AM

Franklin Morales gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings on Friday.

Morales was yanked from the game after he walked Casey McGehee to force in a run in the fifth inning with nobody out. Brooks Brown walked Jarrd Saltalamacchia one out later to finish off Morales' line. The lefty has struggled this season and currently sports a 5.32 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.
Aug 23 - 2:45 AM

Eduardo Escobar homered, tripled and drove in two in Friday's tilt with the Tigers.

The triple was Escobar's first of the season. He ended up one double shy of the cycle. In addition to that triple and his second inning home run off of Robbie Ray, Escobar collected two singles and scored three runs. The offensive outburst was certainly unexpected for Minnesota's number eight hitter. He's slashing .272/.315/.391 this season.
Aug 23 - 2:34 AM

Trevor Plouffe doubled and drove in three runs in the Twins 20-6 win over the Tigers.

In addition to driving in three, Plouffe scored four runs thanks to the Twins' offensive outburst. For the season, he has nine home runs and 63 batted in. His overall slash line isn't particularly shiny, though, as he's hitting .242/.309/.396 this season.
Aug 23 - 2:29 AM

Danny Santana went 3-for-6 with four RBI against the Tigers on Friday.

Santana hit his sixth home run of the season in the second inning off of doomed Tigers starter Robbie Ray. His other two hits were singles. He also scored two runs. Santana has had a good season leading off for the Twins. Home runs like Friday's shouldn't be expected on a regular basis, but that aside, Santana's putting up a slash line .315/.350/.451.
Aug 23 - 2:25 AM

Oswaldo Arcia drove in three runs in a 20-6 win over the Tigers on Friday.

Arcia ended up 2-for-6 for the Twins, knocking in three runs and scoring three. You could throw a dart at the box score while blindfolded and probably hit a Twin hitter that had a good game. The team had twenty hits to go with their twenty runs. Symmetry is a beautiful thing. For the season, Arcia is batting .232/.307/.444.
Aug 23 - 2:19 AM

Tommy Milone allowed five runs (three earned) in four and a third innings against the Tigers on Friday.

It's rare for a starting pitcher to be given double-digit run support and still not pick up the victory, but Milone pulled that off in the extreme against the Tigers, somehow managing a no-decision despite a whopping twenty runs plated by the Twins. He allowed ten hits and five runs (three earned) in his four-plus innings of work. It was his second awful start in a row, as he was shelled by the Royals last time out. Milone has been solid this season and despite the rough outings, he still holds a 4.08 ERA. He'll try to rebound when he faces the Royals in his next outing.
Aug 23 - 2:14 AM

Tigers optioned LHP Robbie Ray to Triple-A Toledo.

Ray was shelled for six runs in just an inning and a third against the Twins. After the game, the Tigers sent him down to Triple-A to nurse his wounds. His numbers at the major league level are a bloated 7.09 ERA and 1.80 WHIP.
Aug 23 - 2:06 AM

Robbie Ray gave up six runs in just an inning and a third against the Twins in a 20-6 beatdown on Friday.

Ray actually briefly held a 1-0 lead in this one after Ian Kinsler's first inning home run. That would not last. He allowed all six of his runs in a murderous second inning. In the frame, Oswaldo Arcia hit an RBI double, Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double, and both Eduardo Escobar and Danny Santana hit two-run home runs. It's hard to analyze much here. The bombardment sent Ray's major league ERA to 7.09 Ray was optioned back to Triple-A following the loss.
Aug 23 - 1:54 AM

Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Friday against the Rangers.

The outfielder also stole his nineteenth base. Hitting near the bottom of the Royals' lineup, Cain has done a nice job this season. He's hitting .293/.331/.402 to go with those nineteen steals. He's also knocked in 40 runs and scored 38. Even if he's not really a fantasy contributor, he's a fine real world ballplayer.
Aug 23 - 1:45 AM

Josh Willingham hit his fourteenth home run of the season in Friday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.

Willingham seems to be settling in with the Royals, as he's now hit in five straight games. With the Royals, he's slashing .345/.387/.586. For comparison's sake, he was hitting .210/.345/.402 with the Twins. Obviously, we don't expect Willingham to hit .345 for the rest of the season, but it's probably reasonable to expect an overall uptick in his numbers by the end of the season, as he's playing with a better club now.
Aug 23 - 1:40 AM



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