Hank Conger went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five total RBI in Friday's 8-0 win over the Twins.
Conger blew open a 3-0 game in the fourth inning, stepping to the plate with the bases juiced and unloading on a Mike Pelfrey offering for a grand slam. He also added an RBI single in the eighth inning, just for fun. For a backup catcher, Conger's done a very nice job, particularly in terms of power. The 27-year-old is hitting .220/.314/.457 with 10 homers and 27 RBI over 164 at-bats.
Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Twins.
Rasmus took a Mike Pelfrey offering for a ride with a runner on in the second inning. It was his 18th bomb of the season. While the power numbers are on-point, his overall triple-slash is considerably lacking in terms of average, as he's hitting just .230/.298/.449.
Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Astros.
Mauer's double was one of just two the Twins hit as a team in the 8-0 loss. He's picked up 12 hits in his last 10 games, but his .270/.335/.380 triple-slash remains mostly punch-less. The Minnesota stalwart will finish with an average under .300 for the second straight year barring an explosion of hits over this last month.
Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Astros.
Dozier was flummoxed by Astros starter Collin McHugh. With the 0-for-4, he now sports a .241/.313/.471 triple slash. He's also hit 26 home runs, driven in 68, scored 90 and stolen 10 bases. The homers are a career-high and the RBI number is three off of his 2014 total.
A.J. Burnett said Friday that he felt great after throwing a simulated game on Friday and that he expects to return to the Pirates soon.
The veteran right-hander will throw a bullpen session on Sunday. Barring any setbacks, he's looking to return to the rotation in mid-September. He has been sidelined since late July due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. He owns a 3.06 ERA and 114/36 K/BB ratio across 135 1/3 innings on the season.