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Pagan singles, triples in win over Rockies 09-30-2016
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with a triple in Thursday's win over the Rockies. The triple was Pagan's fifth of the season. In addition, he is slashing .272/.325/.408 with 11 homers, 53 RBI and 68 RBI across 485 at-bats. He has notched multi-hit showings in three of his last six games.
David Dahl races around for RBI triple in L 09-30-2016
David Dahl LF COL
David Dahl went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple in Thursday's loss to the Giants. Dahl notched his RBI three-bagger against Johnny Cueto in the first inning. It gave the Rockies an early 2-0 lead, one which they would squander as the game progressed. Since being called up in the middle of the summer, Dahl, 22, has impressed to the tune of a .316/.362/.512 triple-slash across 209 at-bats. In addition, the outfielder has mashed seven homers and driven in 24 runs. He has picked up an extra-base hit in each of his last four games.
Johnny Cueto strikes out 11 in win over COL 09-30-2016
Johnny Cueto P SF
Johnny Cueto came through clutch in Thursday's 7-2 win over the Rockies, striking out 11 while allowing two runs over seven innings. Cueto wasn't unhittable on Thursday -- indeed, he surrendered nine of them -- but he managed to evade trouble on the scoreboard, for the most part. He got his hiccups out of the way early, surrendering an RBI double to Nolan Arenado and an RBI triple to David Dahl in the first inning. From that point onward, he posted goose eggs. In his first year with the Giants, Cueto has pitched to a 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 198/45 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings. He allowed more than two runs in just three of his final 10 starts.
Jon Gray roughed up for five runs by Giants 09-30-2016
Jon Gray P COL
Jon Gray struggled in Thursday's loss to the Giants, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. Gray also walked three in what was a less-than-stellar finish to his 2016 season. The Giants ripped him for a pair of runs in the fourth inning, then came back around for three more in the sixth. The 24-year-old right-hander's 4.61 ERA might not inspire much confidence, but Gray also rocked a 185/59 K/BB ratio across 168 innings. He closed the season with double-digit strikeout showings in two of his last three starts.
Zunino crunches go-ahead solo homer in win 09-30-2016
Mike Zunino C SEA
Mike Zunino rocked a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning of Thursday's win over the A's. Zunino mashed a solo home run off Liam Hendriks to lead off the seventh inning. That tater snapped a 1-1 tie and after a few tense moments in the ninth, the M's ultimately survived for a 3-2 victory. The 25-year-old backstop has always possessed a nice power stroke -- his homer on Thursday was his 12th of the season -- but is hitting just .217 for the campaign as a whole.
Vargas homers in second straight, Twins win 09-30-2016
Kennys Vargas 1B MIN
Kennys Vargas went 2-for-5 with a solo home run to help the Twins hold off the Royals 7-6 on Thursday. Vargas took Royals starter Danny Duffy yard for the solo blast in the sixth inning. He also doubled off the southpaw in the contest. Vargas has now homered in two straight games and has 10 dingers in 44 games overall. He's batted .250/.354/.543 in those 44 games.
Kendall Graveman limits M's to one run 09-30-2016
Kendall Graveman P OAK
Kendall Graveman handcuffed the Mariners in Thursday's no-decision, yielding one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Graveman struck out six and walked one on the evening. He coughed up an RBI single to Leonys Martin in the fourth inning, but otherwise kept the Mariners at bay over his 5 2/3 innings of work. This was something of a rebound start for Graveman, who had cratered over his last three outings. He entered Thursday's action having allowed 15 runs on 23 hits in his previous 17 1/3 innings. For the season as a whole, he finishes out the owner of a 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 108/47 K/BB ratio over 186 innings.
Orlando posts four-hit night in loss to Twins 09-30-2016
Paulo Orlando RF KC
Paulo Orlando went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored Thursday against the Twins. Orlando is finishing the 2016 season in style, as he's now got a seven-game hitting streak during which he's 14-for-27 with three doubles. The 30-year-old has been a pleasant surprise all around for the Royals, batting .307/.335/.410 in 125 games and forcing his way into everyday at-bats between right and center field. Orlando should once again vie for regular playing time in 2017.
Miranda scatters four hits into sixth inning 09-30-2016
Ariel Miranda P SEA
Ariel Miranda was sharp in taking a no-decision against the A's on Thursday, allowing one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. Miranda struck out six and did not walk a batter on the evening. Chad Pinder cracked a solo home run off him in the sixth inning, but it was otherwise smooth sailing for the 27-year-old southpaw. In 11 appearances (10 starts) this season, Miranda has pitched to a 3.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 44/18 K/BB ratio.
Pederson doubles twice, drives in three runs 09-30-2016
Joc Pederson CF LAD
Joc Pederson went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Padres. Pederson notched two separate RBI doubles in this one, driving in one run with his two-bagger in the fifth inning and following that up with a two-run double in the sixth inning. He struck out in his other two at-bats. In an even 400 at-bats this season, the 24-year-old outfielder is slashing .248/.354/.500 with 25 homers, 68 RBI and 26 doubles. The triple-slash is a uniform improvement on the .210/.346/.417 mark he posted a year ago.
Sardinas collects three hits in loss to LAD 09-30-2016
Luis Sardinas SS SD
Luis Sardinas went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers. Sardinas hit an RBI single in the fourth inning to boost the Padres to a 2-0 advantage. Said advantage would not hold for the long, as the Dodgers would seven runs over the next three innings. For the season as a whole, the 23-year-old shortstop is hitting .265/.339/.398 with two homers and six RBI over 76 at-bats.
Buxton knocks two-run triple in win over KC 09-30-2016
Byron Buxton CF MIN
Byron Buxton went 2-for-3 with a double, a two-run triple and two runs scored in a win over the Royals on Thursday. Buxton laced a liner into the left-center field gap in the seventh inning to plate the pair, eventually coming around to score himself later in the inning. Nothing in his big league career has gone the way the Buxton had hoped, but he does have eight homers and 10 steals in 89 games this year and he's still just 22 years old. There's still plenty of time for him to deliver on the promise so many saw in 2012.
Friedrich mired down by big sixth inning 09-30-2016
Christian Friedrich P SD
Christian Friedrich couldn't make it out of the sixth inning in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. Friedrich surrendered an RBI double to Joc Pederson in the fifth inning, but the real killer frame was the sixth. He allowed four runs in that one. Over the course of 129 1/3 innings this season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to an underwhelming 4.80 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 100/52 K/BB ratio.
Butera enjoys three-hit night against Twins 09-30-2016
Drew Butera C KC
Drew Butera finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Twins. Butera had four hits, including a homer, in five career at-bats against Twins starter Kyle Gibson heading into Thursday's game, and he added to that strange dominance with his second three-hit game of the 2016 season. Backing up Salvador Perez this season, the 33-year-old is batting .281/.322/.474 in 114 at-bats.
Urias blanks Padres over three innings 09-30-2016
Julio Urias P LAD
Jose Urias kept the scoreboard clean in Thursday's no-decision against the Padres, tossing three innings of shutout ball. The Dodgers have no need to press their starters deep into games at this juncture. In his limited action, Urias did a nice job. The youthful southpaw struck out five and walked two on the evening, surrendering just one hit over his three frames of work. In 122 innings this season, he pitched to a 3.39 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 84/31 K/BB ratio. The postseason now awaits for Urias. He could potentially start in Game 4 of the NLDS, depending on how that series against the Nationals unfolds.
Gibson fans eight, allows four runs to Royals 09-30-2016
Kyle Gibson P MIN
Kyle Gibson allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings against the Royals on Thursday. Gibson kept the Royals in check for most of the evening and was handed a lead in the top of the seventh, only to give it right back in the bottom of the frame before exiting. The eight strikeouts were a single-game high for the 28-year-old this season. In 25 starts this year, Gibson went 6-11 with a 5.07 ERA and 1.56 WHIP.
Duffy yields eight hits, four runs to Twins 09-30-2016
Danny Duffy P KC
Danny Duffy allowed four runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday. Duffy walked two and struck out just three in the uncharacteristic start, leaving his record at 12-3 to finish the year. And what a year it was for the southpaw, who wasn't even in the Royals' rotation to start the season before moving to a starting role in mid-May. Duffy was dominant at times as a starter and ends the year with a 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 188/42 K/BB ratio over 179 2/3 innings overall. A full year in the rotation could yield even more good things for Duffy next season.
Molina gets walk-off winner in wild fashion 09-30-2016
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina hit a walk-off double -- depending on who you ask -- to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Reds on Thursday. With a runner on first and two outs in the ninth, Molina pulled a Blake Wood pitch down the left field line that one-hopped the wall. There's little question it should have been ruled a ground-rule double, but Matt Carpenter never stopped running and slid into home with no objection from the umpires. The Reds tried to protest too late and to little avail, and it will be interesting to see if something is or can be done to change to ruling after the fact. As it stands, Molina pulled the Cardinals to two games back of the Mets for the first spot in the Wild Card race. The 34-year-old finished 2-for-5, also hitting his eighth home run of the season, with two RBI in Thursday's contest.
Mikie Mahtook doubles, homers in win over CWS 09-30-2016
Mikie Mahtook RF TB
Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the White Sox. Mahtook took a Jose Quintana offering for a solo ride in the fourth inning. The dinger was his third of the season. While the 26-year-old outfielder is hitting just .199/.237/.295 over 176 at-bats, he has picked it up of late, notching two-hit efforts in three of his last four games.
Carlos Sanchez smacks two-run homer in loss 09-30-2016
Carlos Sanchez 2B CWS
Carlos Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays. Sanchez rocked a two-run homer off Chris Archer in the seventh inning to draw the White Sox to within 5-3, but neither team would score again in the contest. For his part, the 24-year-old Sanchez is working to a .217/.247/.378 triple-slash over 143 at-bats. He has swatted four homers and driven in 21 runs in that space.
Hellickson leaves start with sprained knee 09-30-2016
Jeremy Hellickson P PHI
Jeremy Hellickson was pulled from Thursday's game against the Braves due to a sprained right knee.

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It's certainly good news that the injury appears to be minor and doesn't involve his arm at all. The 29-year-old finishes his 2016 campaign with a 12-10 record, 3.71 ERA and 154/45 K/BB ratio over 189 innings. He's positioned to secure a fairly lucrative multi-year contract in the off-season.
Quintana strikes out seven in loss to Rays 09-30-2016
Jose Quintana P CWS
Jose Quintana pitched well in Thursday's loss to the Rays, yielding two runs on five hits over six innings. Despite taking the loss, Quintana finished out his season in sturdy style on Thursday. Outside of an Alexei Ramirez RBI single in the second and a solo home run by Mikie Mahtook in the fourth, he kept the scoreboard clean. In 32 starts, the 27-year-old southpaw pitched to a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 181/50 K/BB ratio. He tossed 208 innings this season and has now thrown at least 200 frames in four consecutive seasons.
Archer allows three runs into seventh inning 09-30-2016
Chris Archer P TB
Chris Archer provided decent length in Thursday's win over the White Sox, surrendering three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Archer struck out five and walked two on the evening. He surrendered a sixth-inning run courtesy of a Melky Cabrera RBI ground out. One frame later, he was victimized in decidedly louder fashion, as Carlos Sanchez swatted a two-run home run off the 28-year-old right-hander with one out in the seventh. With this start in the books, Archer can hang up his spikes for the year. Overall, he pitched to a 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 233/67 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings. The numbers are solid enough, but Archer took a slight step back after an impressive 2015 season.
Gyorko belts 28th home run in win over Reds 09-30-2016
Jedd Gyorko 2B STL
Jedd Gyorko hit his 28th homer of the season in Thursday's win over the Reds. Gyorko connected with a Dan Straily pitch in the second inning for the solo dong, his only hit in four at-bats. The hit was just his second in his last 20 at-bats, as the 28-year-old has fallen into a bit of a slump as the season draws to a close. Even so, it will go down as a career year for Gyorko, who is hitting .238/.300/.482 with those 28 homers, 56 RBI and 54 runs scored in 125 games.