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Nolan Arenado was perfect in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Nationals, finishing 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and three total RBI.

Arenado opened his immaculate afternoon with an RBI single in the first inning. He would crunch a two-run homer in the third. The star third baseman finished a double shy of the cycle. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, he is hitting a beautiful .291/.361/.576 with 35 homers and 111 RBI over 495 at-bats. On the micro level, he has homered in five of his last 10 games.
Aug 28 - 6:35 PM

Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

Harper connected for a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning, drawing his team to within 5-3 in the process. They wouldn't be able to scrape together a further rally. For the season, the defending NL MVP is slashing .254/.387/.471 with 23 homers and 74 RBI over 414 at-bats. He has been picking up the pace of late, recording extra-base hits in each of his last four games. He has driven in six runs in that space.
Aug 28 - 6:27 PM

Chad Bettis was marvelous in Sunday's win over the Nationals, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings.

Bettis struck out six and walked one on the afternoon. Both runs on his line scored via solo homers. Trea Turner and Wilson Ramos burned him in the first and seventh innings, respectively. Despite Sunday's fine overall results, the 27-year-old right-hander still holds a 5.17 ERA and 1.48 WHIP for the season as a whole. A home start against the Diamondbacks shows next on his schedule.
Aug 28 - 6:19 PM

Lucas Giolito was victimized by the long ball in Sunday's loss to the Rockies, yielding a pair of dingers and four total runs over five innings.

Giolito surrendered two homers in a three-run third inning, with Nolan Arenado striking for a two-run shot and David Dahl making it back-to-back dingers with a solo tater of his own. The 22-year-old right-hander has now surrendered four runs (on the nose) in three of his first four major league starts. The Nationals have yet to commit to another start for Giolito, but even if he does see another opportunity, he holds no fantasy value at this juncture of his young career.
Aug 28 - 6:12 PM

A.J. Ellis went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Mets.

The Dodgers traded Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. He saw his first at-bats with the club on Sunday and chipped in with a two-run double during a four-run seventh inning. The veteran backstop is hitting .196/.284/.259 between his two teams this season and does not make for appealing waiver wire fodder.
Aug 28 - 6:05 PM

Derek Holland hurled six innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Rangers' 2-1 defeat of the Indians.

The one run he gave up came on a Jason Kipnis RBI single in the top of the sixth inning. Holland was otherwise excellent, yielding only four total hits -- all singles -- while walking none and whiffing five. The left-hander has put together two very good pitching lines since returning August 23 from a two-month shoulder injury. A start at home against the Astros is next.
Aug 28 - 6:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce mostly failed in Sunday's loss to the Phillies, finishing 1-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Bruce has been a mess since coming over to the Mets at the trade deadline. In 85 at-bats with his new club, he has just two homers and six RBI. This after bopping 25 homers and driving in 80 runs with the Reds prior to the trade deadline. 2016 was shaping up to be Bruce's best season since 2013, but unless he turns it around over the next month-plus, it might be remembered mostly for the way that it ended.
Aug 28 - 5:59 PM

Danny Salazar struck out 10 batters over 5 2/3 innings but took a loss Sunday versus the Rangers.

It was a very encouraging outing overall from the 26-year-old right-hander, who had struggled in two straight starts coming off an elbow injury. Those struggles raised questions from management about his conditioning. Salazar gave up two earned runs Sunday on five hits and two walks, but he logged his first double-digit strikeout game since May. He gets the Marlins at home next.
Aug 28 - 5:57 PM

Sam Dyson pitched into danger but earned 29th save Sunday versus the Indians.

Dyson gave up a leadoff single to Francisco Lindor in the top of the ninth inning and then issues back-to-back one-out walks to Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez, but he rallied to strike out Tyler Naquin and then got Abraham Almonte to fly out to end it. Dyson has struggled lately, but his job seems safe for now.
Aug 28 - 5:54 PM

Vincent Velasquez allowed one run on five hits over five innings in Sunday's win over the Mets.

Velasquez struck out seven and walked one on the afternoon. The lone run to score on his watch came home courtesy of a Curtis Granderson sacrifice fly in the first inning. And that was it. For the season, the 24-year-old right-hander holds a 4.21 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 144/45 K/BB ratio across 124 innings. A home start against the Braves shows next on his schedule.
Aug 28 - 5:54 PM

Rays optioned RHP Steve Geltz to Triple-A Durham.

Geltz was just with the club for one day as an extra bullpen arm and will head back down to make room on the roster for Alex Cobb who is set to be activated on Monday. Expect to see Geltz back with the big league club when rosters expand later this week.
Aug 28 - 5:53 PM

Robert Gsellman struggled late in Sunday's loss to the Phillies, yielding four runs on seven hits over six-plus innings.

Gsellman had allowed just one run when he trotted back out for seventh-inning duties. He wouldn't record an out in the frame, though, coughing up three singles to load the bases before being relieved of duty. All three runners would come around to score after he was out of the game. The 23-year-old right-hander is filling in for Jon Niese (knee) and could well start through to the end of the season depending on Niese's recovery from August knee surgery. A home start against the Nationals shows next on his schedule.
Aug 28 - 5:46 PM

Chris Archer struck out 10 batters over seven innings Sunday in the Rays' 10-4 rout of the Astros.

Archer was charged with three earned runs, but they came on just four hits and two walks. It was his first double-digit strikeout game since July 20. Archer, 27, now stands 8-17 with a 4.10 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 202/60 K/BB ratio in 169 innings this season. A start at home against the Blue Jays is next.
Aug 28 - 5:42 PM

Matt Duffy slugged his first home run as a member of the Rays on Sunday versus the Astros.

It was a two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning that put Tampa Bay ahead 6-3. This has been a frustrating season for Duffy, who missed all of July and part of August with an Achilles injury, but he is certainly capable of finishing strong.
Aug 28 - 5:39 PM

Jefry Marte went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

Marte launched a two-run home run off Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and came through with a sacrifice fly just one frame later. He just returned to the Angels on Friday after being away from the team to handle a personal matter earlier in the week. For the season, the 25-year-old first baseman is working to a .243/.286/.453 triple-slash with 10 homers and 30 RBI over 181 at-bats.
Aug 28 - 5:38 PM


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