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Kris Bryant homered in the eighth and 10th innings to guide the Cubs past the Dodgers on Friday.

Bryant hit a solo homer off Joe Blanton in the eighth and added the decisive two-run shot off Adam Liberatore in the 10th. He's taken over the NL lead in homers with 35, and he leads the majors with 107 runs scored.
Aug 27 - 2:08 AM

Mike Montgomery gave up three runs in five innings Friday against the Dodgers.

Montgomery kept the Cubs in the game despite allowing six hits, walking four and hitting a batter. It's unclear whether he'll get another start next week. We'd rather see Montgomery in the bullpen than in the rotation.
Aug 27 - 2:06 AM

Bud Norris yielded two runs in five innings Friday against the Cubs.

It was a decent bounce-back outing for Norris, who struggled last week in his first start off the DL and then pitched in relief Monday. He might be a swingman throughout September, depending on how the Dodgers' injured starters fare. If he pitches on four days' rest next time out, he'll be facing the Rockies at Coors, which is a matchup fantasy leaguers should want no part of.
Aug 27 - 2:04 AM

Jorge Soler went 0-for-4 before being lifted from Friday's game against the Dodgers.

He also had a really ugly play in left field in which a ball that should have been caught bounced in front of him and then by him. It didn't hurt the Cubs, though, since it came with two outs and no one on and the next batter was retired. Still, Soler's glove is a problem and he's cooled off some of late after his fast start in his return from the DL. He might be a bit player down the stretch.
Aug 27 - 2:01 AM

Josh Reddick went 1-for-5 and got picked off first base following his lone hit Friday against the Cubs.

Reddick's first stint in the NL couldn't be going any worse. He's played in 21 games for the Dodgers without driving in a run in any of them. If he can't turn it around soon, he could start logging bench time next month, assuming that Yasiel Puig is recalled.
Aug 27 - 1:57 AM

Rickie Weeks homered and tripled Friday as the Diamondbacks edged the Reds 4-3 in 11 innings.

The winning run scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th. Weeks collected his ninth homer and his first triple since 2014, when he was still with the Brewers. Someone should pick him up before the deadline next week; he can be of use off the bench against left-handed pitchers.
Aug 27 - 1:46 AM

Braden Shipley pitched seven innings of one-run ball Friday against the Reds.

Shipley had the nice night despite walking four and striking out just one. He's made seven big-league starts now. In the four good ones, he's allowed a total of three runs. In the other three, he's given up 20 runs in 15 2/3 innings. He's still too risky to be considered in fantasy leagues.
Aug 27 - 1:44 AM

Given the save chance Friday, Daniel Hudson took a blown save after giving up a run against the Reds.

At least it was just the one run, which is better than the previous Diamondbacks closers had done of late. Manager Chip Hale indicated that Hudson and Randall Delgado would be his preferred late-inning relievers after Enrique Burgos blew his most recent chance. Delgado pitched a scoreless eighth tonight, so perhaps he'll get the next save chance now. Still, Hudson probably deserves one more chance, since he had been on quite the roll of late.
Aug 27 - 1:41 AM

Brandon Finnegan struck out 12 while allowing two runs in six innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

This makes five quality starts in six outings for Finnegan, who, despite his recent success, entered the night as the NL leader in homers and walks allowed. He's making it tough on the Reds as they try to decide how to handle him in September. On the one hand, he's doing his best work of the season. On the other, he's thrown 40 more innings than he did last year. It's probably in his best interests to curtail his workload some.
Aug 27 - 1:39 AM

Jeff Samardzija scattered seven hits over seven innings in the Giants' 7-0 win over the Braves on Friday.

Samardzija struck out six and walked three in improving to 11-9 on the season. If he keeps it up, he'll finish with a winning record for the first time in his ifve years as a starter.
Aug 27 - 1:34 AM

Angel Pagan hit his ninth homer Friday against the Braves.

It's the second-highest homer total of his career; he hit 11 in 2010. On the heels of a horrid 2015, Pagan has been a fine regular for the Giants this year. He's batting .296/.350/.440 in 365 at-bats.
Aug 27 - 1:32 AM

Adonis Garcia went 0-for-4 and committed his 17th error of the year Friday in the loss to the Giants.

Garcia hasn't been a disaster, what with his .263 average and .705 OPS, but he's not a reliable defender at third base and he's probably never going to have the bat to make up for it; he is 31, after all. One would think the Braves would give Rio Ruiz a look in his place next month. It might not be an upgrade, but there's nothing to lose.
Aug 27 - 1:28 AM

Evan Gattis slugged a walk-off solo homer in Friday’s 5-4 victory over the Rays.

Carlos Correa led off the bottom of the ninth with a game-tying solo homer off Alex Colome and Gattis followed him with a long home run which hit the train behind the Crawford Boxes in left field. The 30-year-old went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the evening. He has gone deep in back-to-back games and now sits at 21 homers on the year.
Aug 27 - 1:09 AM

Alex Colome gave up back-to-back homers to blow a save and take the loss Friday against the Astros.

It was a night to forget for Colome. The Rays pulled ahead in the top of the ninth inning when Mikie Mahtook slugged a solo homer off Ken Giles, but Colome failed to retire a batter in the bottom of the frame. He gave up a leadoff homer to Carlos Correa to tie things up before Evan Gattis followed that up with a long walk-off homer. This was just Colome’s second blown save in 30 chances this season. He hadn’t allowed a run since July 23, so his job is secure.
Aug 27 - 1:08 AM

Mike Fiers allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday.

The first two runs scored on wild pitches. The Astros had the lead when he was pulled in the seventh inning, but Michael Feliz immediately gave up a game-tying RBI double to Corey Dickerson. Fiers walked one and struck out five in the no-decision. He’ll bring a 4.40 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into a start against the Athletics next week.
Aug 27 - 1:08 AM



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