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Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Wednesday's 4-3, 10-inning win versus the Padres.

Beltre is enjoying a nice little stretch, entering tonight batting .389 across his last 10 games. The rest of his campaign hasn't been as good and there's a very real possibility he won't even match last season's meager 19 home run output (to be fair, he had 7.0 WAR in 2014). We've seen the last of elite production from Beltre, but that doesn't make him valueless.
Sep 3 - 2:12 AM

Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a 10-inning, 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

Upton has been all over the place this season, posting OPS numbers of .842 in April, .964 in May, .608 in June, .552 in July and .923 in August. Here's to hoping he carries last month into September. Batting .253, Upton is on pace for 29 homers and 88 RBI.
Sep 3 - 2:04 AM

Cole Hamels gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings in a no-decision Wednesday versus the Padres.

He struck out eight and walked one, no surprise given his long-standing domination of the Padres, against whom he entered 6-0 with a 1.24 ERA over his last eight starts. Hamels struggled in his first two starts for the Rangers, but he's reverted to his old form since then and Texas has won his past four trips out. He'll take a 3.70 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into a nice matchup in Seattle on Tuesday.
Sep 3 - 1:59 AM

Ian Kennedy matched his career high by striking out 12 over seven frames in a no-decision Wednesday against the Rangers.

He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks. Quietly, Kennedy has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the start of June (he entered that month with a 7.15 ERA). Coming into tonight, Kennedy had a 2.32 ERA and 9.66 K/9 rate across his last eight starts. He's a strong start on Monday at home against the Rockies.
Sep 3 - 1:54 AM

Chase Utley hit a solo homer off Mike Leake on Tuesday in a 2-1 triumph against the Giants.

Utley finished 1-for-4, with his sixth inning shot the most meaningful offensive moment of the evening. It's just like old times for the 36-year-old, batting atop the lineup with old pal Jimmy Rollins. Unfortunately, we're in 2015 and opposing managers encourage Don Mattingly to stack his geriatric sub .300-OBPers atop the lineup. Since coming over on August 20, Utley has had two hits in a game once.
Sep 3 - 12:54 AM

Carlos Gonzalez had a grand slam, a two-run homer and a sac fly to power the Rockies to a 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Gonzalez is the eighth player to drive in seven runs in a game this year. He's now just one away from matching his career high of 34 homers, and with 80 RBI, he has a chance to reach the century mark for the second time in his career. It's too bad for his fantasy value that he doesn't try steals any more, but his owners will make that trade off in return for continued health.
Sep 3 - 12:54 AM

Jon Gray surrendered four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

With a 6.15 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP through six starts, Gray is pitching about as well as his minor league numbers suggested he would. This was the first one of his starts that the Rockies managed to win, though Gray wasn't involved in the decision.
Sep 3 - 12:50 AM

Buster Posey went 3-for-4 in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

All three hits were singles and none led to a run because his teammates were busy getting sawed off by Clayton Kershaw. Posey has 11 hits in his last four games and is now batting .325 with 16 homers and 80 RBI.
Sep 3 - 12:49 AM

Justin Miller recorded his first career save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Miller was brought into a 7-4 game in the eighth and left in once the Rockies made it 9-4. He's probably not going to be a candidate for additional saves.
Sep 3 - 12:49 AM

Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored versus the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Despite batting second in the lineup, Reyes had scored just 10 runs through 28 games with the Rockies, three of those coming on his own homers. It was nice to see him get driven in for a change tonight.
Sep 3 - 12:48 AM

Clayton Kershaw tied a career-high with 15 strikeouts in Wednesday's complete-game gem against the Giants, a 2-1 victory.

Things got a bit hairy in the ninth, as Kershaw was visited by Don Mattingly with runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth. It would have been understandable if he'd been pulled; Kershaw became just the second pitcher this year to reach the 130-pitch mark. As is, he scattered six hits while giving up the one earned run. He walked one. Oh, and what happened after Mattingly walked back to the dugout? Kershaw struck out Marlon Byrd to tie his career best. We're pretty sure Kershaw isn't going to strike out 14 or more batters next time around against the Angels, but one never does know with him.
Sep 3 - 12:46 AM

Mike Leake took a tough-luck 2-1 loss against a stellar Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Wednesday.

He gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings, which just wouldn't do against Kershaw at the peak of his powers. Leake didn't issue a walk, striking out three. Kicking off a two-start week, Leake (3.49 ERA) travels to Arizona on Monday.
Sep 3 - 12:45 AM

Logan Morrison came off the bench to walk and then hit a three-run homer Wednesday in the Mariners' 8-3 win over the Astros.

Morrison also homered in his lone at-bat Tuesday. He has 15 homers this season, six of which have come against the Astros. He's likely going to resume playing against most righties with Jesus Montero down (and nearly out).
Sep 3 - 12:31 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen got a five-out save Wednesday against the Astros.

Wilhelmsen came into a 5-3 game in the eighth and then stayed in after the Mariners made it 8-3 in the top of the ninth. Thanks to the Mariners' recent run, he's managed to notch six saves in the last 11 days.
Sep 3 - 12:29 AM

Scott Kazmir yielded three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Mariners.

A rare off night for Kazmir, who needed 98 pitches to get 13 outs. Still, he was able to minimize the damage, so his ERA merely jumped from 2.45 to 2.50.
Sep 3 - 12:27 AM


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