Rougned Odor smacked his 33rd home run of the season on Friday as the Rangers bested the Rays 3-1 in Texas.
His solo shot off of Rays' starter Matt Andriese in the sixth inning increased the Rangers' advantage to 3-1. Odor also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, slashing .272/.297/.504 with 33 long balls and 88 RBI.
Yu Darvish was in dominant form in Friday's victory over the Rays, punching out 12 over six innings of one-run baseball.
He allowed just three hits and a walk in the impressive outing. The only blemish on his night was Evan Longoria's RBI double in the sixth inning. Darvish finishes the regular season with a 7-5 record, 3.41 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 132/31 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings. With Darvish and Cole Hamels atop the Rangers' rotation, they look like a team that no one will want to tangle with come playoff time.
Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and plated the Rays' lone run in Friday's loss to the Rangers.
The 30-year-old has had a terrific season in the middle of the Rays lineup, slashing .276/.321/.526 with 36 homers and 97 RBI. He needs three more RBI over the weekend to hit the 100-RBI plateau for the first time since 2010.
Matt Andriese struggled in Friday's loss to the Rangers, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.
On the plus side for fantasy owners, Andriese did punch out six on the evening while walking one. Most of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Rougned Odor and Carlos Beltran each blasting solo home runs. He finishes an inconsistent 2016 campaign with a 4.37 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 109/25 K/BB ratio across 127 2/3 frames.
Miguel Cabrera launched a pair of home runs on Friday, powering the Tigers to a critically-important 6-2 victory over the Braves in Atlanta.
In a game that the Tigers absolutely needed to win, Cabrera and the rest of the Tigers' offense came through in a big way. Ian Kinsler started the game with a solo homer and two batters later Cabrera socked a two-run blast to give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. He added on a solo shot in the third inning, finishing the night 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. He's now hitting .315/.394/.565 with 38 homers and 108 RBI in what has been another outstanding season.