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|8/24/2016||Jett Bandy, LAA, C|
|Bandy had a career-high four hits as the Angels on Wednesday.
Analysis: Bandy is 8 for 20 in his last six games.
|8/24/2016||Mike Trout, LAA, CF|
|Trout homered for one of his three hits Wednesday.
Analysis: He was 2 for 9 in his previous three games.
|8/24/2016||Albert Pujols, LAA, 1B|
|Pujols moved into sole possession of 10th place on baseball's all-time list by hitting his 584th home run in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays.
Analysis: He finished 4 for 4 with three RBIs. For Pujols, the homer broke a tie with Mark McGwire on the all-time list. A three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star, Pujols is two home runs shy of tying Frank Robinson for ninth place.
|8/24/2016||Ben Zobrist, ChC, 2B|
|Zobrist had two hits with two RBIs on Thursday.
Analysis: Zobrist is 10 for 22 with six RBIs in five games.
|8/24/2016||Kyle Hendricks, ChC, P|
|Hendricks, the major league ERA leader, allowed two runs over six effective innings to pace the Cubs in a 6-3 win over the Padres on Wednesday.
Analysis: In five August starts, Hendricks is 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA.
|8/24/2016||Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea, P|
|Iwakuma lost his second straight start despite giving up just three earned runs in the Mariners' 5-0 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.
Analysis: While he wasn't great against the Yankees, Iwakuma is 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA in five August starts.
|8/24/2016||Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, P|
|Tanaka won his fourth straight start, going 7 2/3 innings to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
Analysis: Tanaka has a 1.63 ERA in those four wins in a row and he issued his first walk since July 27 in this outing.
|8/24/2016||Gary Sánchez, NYY, C|
|Sanchez kept up his torrid stretch with his seventh home run in the past nine games, leading the New York Yankees to a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
Analysis: Sanchez homered into the second deck in left field in the first inning on the first pitch from Iwakuma, his ninth home run in 18 games since joining the Yankees lineup on Aug. 3. He had 10 in 284 at-bats in Triple-A this season.
|8/24/2016||Jeff Francoeur, Mia, RF|
|The Marlins acquired Francoeur from the Braves in a three-team trade that also involved the Rangers on Wednesday. Francoeur was the only major leaguer involved.
Analysis: Miami is contending for an NL wild-card spot and isn't sure whether star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will return this season from a severe groin strain. Francoeur was hitting .249 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 99 games for the Braves.
|8/24/2016||Ubaldo Jiménez, Bal, P|
|Jimenez will get his first start since July 28, facing NL East-leading Washington on Thursday.
Analysis: He'll pitch in place of ace Chris Tillman, who was put on the 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his shoulder. Jimenez is 5-10 with a 6.94 ERA this year, but he's done especially well at Nationals Park - 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in four career starts.
|8/24/2016||J.A. Happ, Tor, P|
|Happ (17-3, 3.05) goes for his 18th win in a game against the Angels on Thursday.
Analysis: Happ is 11-0 with a 2.53 ERA in his past 12 starts and has emerged as one of the best free agent acquisitions of last offseason after signing a $36 million, three-year deal.
|8/24/2016||Jay Bruce, NYM, RF|
|Bruce left Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning with a cramp in his right calf.
Analysis: After blooping a double down the left-field line to start the inning, Bruce held at second as James Loney flew out to left. Manager Terry Collins and a trainer popped out of the dugout before Asdrubal Cabrera's at-bat and removed Bruce. Bruce is batting .248 with 27 homers and 86 RBIs for the year. He was acquired on July 31 from the Cincinnati Reds to bolster New York's offense, but is only 13 of 77 since the trade.
|8/24/2016||Kendall Graveman, Oak, P|
|Graveman won his second straight start Wednesday to give him 10 victories on the season. The right-hander allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings against the Indians.
Analysis: Graveman is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in his last four outings, and 9-2 with a 3.33 ERA in his past 16 starts.
|8/24/2016||Trevor Bauer, Cle, P|
|Bauer lost for the first time in four starts Wednesday, allowing five runs - three earned - and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Athletics.
Analysis: The right-hander was 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in his previous three outings.
|8/24/2016||Ryon Healy, Oak, 3B|
|Healy singled and drove in a run Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Analysis: He's batting .415 with two homers, two doubles and five RBIs over that stretch.
|8/24/2016||Khris Davis, Oak, LF|
|Davis record his second straight two-hit game Wednesday.
Analysis: He's batting .354 with six homers, four doubles, a triple, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored in his last 13 contests.
|8/24/2016||Danny Valencia, Oak, 3B|
|Valencia singled Wednesday to give him a hit in 10 of his last 12 games.
Analysis: He's batting .429 with a homer, three doubles, three RBIs and six runs scored over his last nine contests.
|8/24/2016||Jake Smolinski, Oak, CF|
|Smolinski went 2 for 5 on Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
Analysis: He's batting .321 with a homer over that stretch.
|8/24/2016||Francisco Lindor, Cle, SS|
|Lindor had a pinch-hit single Wednesday.
Analysis: He's batting .380 in his last 13 games.
|8/24/2016||Lonnie Chisenhall, Cle, RF|
|Chisenhall went 2 for 4 with a double Wednesday.
Analysis: He's 10 for 24 with two homers, three doubles and six RBIs in his last seven games.
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