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7/23/2016 Yu Darvish, Tex, P
Darvish gave up three runs and seven hits while striking out 11 over six innings in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Royals.

Analysis: Darvish was making his second start since coming off the DL with a shoulder problem. He next takes the ball Wednesday against an A's team that has totaled four runs in its last three games.
7/23/2016 Danny Duffy, KC, P
Duffy scattered four hits while pitching 6 2/3 innings in Friday's 3-1 win over the Rangers.

Analysis: Duffy has been on a nice roll, going 4-0 with a 2.75 ERA and 34 strikeouts over 36 innings in his last five starts.
7/23/2016 Adrián Béltre, Tex, 3B
Beltre was hitless in four at-bats against the Royals on Friday.

Analysis: The Rangers face Kansas City's Yordano Ventura on Saturday, and Beltre is 4 for 9 with a double against him.
7/23/2016 Jered Weaver, LAA, P
Weaver will make his 19th start on Saturday against the Astros.

Analysis: Weaver has struggled in two starts against Houston this year, going 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA.
7/23/2016 Matt Shoemaker, LAA, P
Shoemaker allowed five hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings in Friday's 2-1 loss to Houston. The performance comes after he threw his first career complete game and struck out a career-high 13 in a 1-0 win over the White Sox in his last start.

Analysis: Shoemaker's next start comes Wednesday at Kansas City. He hasn't faced the Royals since permitting six runs in 1 2/3 innings last August.
7/23/2016 Jon Gray, Col, P
Gray beat Atlanta on Friday as he gave up a run and six hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out eight in a 4-3 victory.

Analysis: Gray is "really pitching like an ace and the future's bright with him on the mound, no doubt," said teammate Nolan Arenado. A first-round pick in 2013, Gray has allowed three runs in his last 20 1/3 innings while striking out 24. He's 5-2 with a 2.93 ERA in his last 11 starts.
7/23/2016 Trevor Story, Col, SS
Story hit his 24th home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Friday's 4-3 win over the Braves.

Analysis: The NL Rookie of the Year candidate has gone deep three times through five games of Colorado's seven-game homestand while posting a .500 OBP.
7/23/2016 Nolan Arenado, Col, 3B
Arenado hit his 24th home run, a two-run shot, and tripled in the Rockies' 4-3 win over the Braves on Friday.

Analysis: Arenado halted what had been a season-worst, 11-game homerless drought and notched his first two extra-base hits since the All-Star break.
7/23/2016 Freddie Freeman, Atl, 1B
Freeman tripled, singled and scored a run in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Rockies.

Analysis: Freeman had been just 2 for 27 since the All-Star break. He did strike out for the 112th time - third-most in the NL - with 16 Ks in eight games since the break.
7/23/2016 Michael Wacha, StL, P
Wacha had another shaky outing Friday but gave up only two runs in six innings, escaping numerous jams as he allowed 10 hits and a walk in a 16-inning win over the Dodgers.

Analysis: Wacha's unbeaten streak reached six starts, but opponents are hitting .328 against him in the last five. He's next scheduled to pitch in Miami, facing a Marlins team against which he lasted just four innings on July 17.
7/23/2016 José Altuve, Hou, 2B
Altuve had two more hits in Friday's win over the Angels.

Analysis: Altuve has hit safely in seven straight games, and is 14 for 21 in his last five. He is 20 for 40 in 10 games against the Angels this season and is batting .394 in 33 career at-bats against Jered Weaver, Saturday's scheduled starter.
7/23/2016 Lance McCullers, Hou, P
McCullers struck out 10 in eight-plus solid innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Analysis: McCullers has allowed one run in each of his last two starts and has a 2.10 ERA over his last five. He'll make his first career start against the Yankees on Wednesday.
7/23/2016 Jedd Gyorko, StL, SS
Gyroko's sudden home run barrage continued Friday as he went 2 for 4 with a solo shot and a walk in a 16-inning win over the Dodgers.

Analysis: Gyorko has gone deep five times in his last five games, batting .526 in that span, after going deep just seven times through his first 60.
7/23/2016 Jeff Samardzija, SF, P
The Giants have flipped their starting pitchers for the final two games of their weekend series against the New York Yankees. Johnny Cueto, the NL's All-Star starter, was moved up a day in the rotation and will open Saturday's game. Samardzija was pushed back until Sunday.

Analysis: San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy made the decision with his first-place team in a season-high, six-game losing streak. Both pitchers will be making their second start since the All-Star break. Samardzija did not get a decision in a 7-6, 10-inning loss at San Diego on July 16, and Cueto took the loss in a 5-3 defeat to the Padres the following day.
7/23/2016 Johnny Cueto, SF, P
The Giants have flipped their starting pitchers for the final two games of their weekend series against the New York Yankees. Cueto, the NL's All-Star starter, was moved up a day in the rotation and will open Saturday's game. Jeff Samardzija was pushed back until Sunday.

Analysis: San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy made the decision with his first-place team in a season-high, six-game losing streak. Both pitchers will be making their second start since the All-Star break. Samardzija did not get a decision in a 7-6, 10-inning loss at San Diego on July 16, and Cueto took the loss in a 5-3 defeat to the Padres the following day.
7/23/2016 Matt Adams, StL, 1B
Adams smacked a 444-foot homer in the 16th inning Friday to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

Analysis: It was just the second home run in the past 25 games for Adams, who has hit 10 of his 11 long balls off right-handers.
7/23/2016 Aledmys Diaz, StL, SS
Diaz reached base three times, notched a fourth straight multihit game and drove in a run in Friday's 16-inning win over the Dodgers.

Analysis: The rookie has reached in 25 consecutive games while posting a 1.099 OPS.
7/23/2016 Howie Kendrick, LAD, 2B
Kendrick ran his hitting streak to 14 games with a sixth-inning solo shot Friday, though that was his only hit in six at-bats in a 16-inning loss to St. Louis.

Analysis: Kendrick is batting .404 with eight walks during the streak. He's scored seven runs through seven games of the Dodgers' nine-game road trip.
7/23/2016 Justin Turner, LAD, 3B
Turner's astonishing power surge continued Friday with a solo shot in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 16-inning loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Turner took over the team lead with his 18th home run, seven of which have come in his last 12 games. He has 15 RBIs in that span.
7/23/2016 Yasiel Puig, LAD, RF
Puig (hamstring) wasn't in the starting lineup Friday, fouling out as a pinch hitter in the 13th of a 16-inning loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Puig is 85 percent and expects him to start on Sunday. He's batting .158 in his last six games.
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