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|9/18/2014||Josh Hamilton, LF (LAA)||Hamilton is still out of the Los Angeles Angels with pain in his chest and ribcage.
Analysis: Hamilton sat out for the 13th time in 14 games Thursday night when the AL West champion Angels took on Seattle. He missed 11 games with an injured shoulder before returning Tuesday, but the 2010 AL MVP felt a new pain in his upper body during batting practice this week. Manager Mike Scioscia hopes the new injury is minor.
|9/18/2014||Jeff Samardzija, P (Oak)||Samardzija pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out 10 on Wednesday but Oakland's bullpen imploded in a 6-1 defeat to the last-place Texas Rangers.
Analysis: Samardzija (4-5, 3.13 ERA) gave up four hits and walked none while extending his scoreless streak to a career-high 16 innings.
|9/18/2014||Derek Holland, P (Tex)||Holland gave up one run in 6 1-3 innings Wednesday but did not get a decision in a 6-1 win in Oakland.
Analysis: Holland (1-0, 0.99 ERA) has pitched into the seventh inning in each his four starts since returning from left knee surgery and allowed a total of three runs.
|9/18/2014||Alex Wood, P (Atl)||Wood had another strong start in a 3-1 win over Washington on Wednesday.
Analysis: Wood (11-10, 2.78 ERA) allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in six innings. He's 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last four starts and has 34 strikeouts in 28 innings.
|9/18/2014||Blake Treinen, P (Was)||Treinen pitched five scoreless innings against Atlanta on Wednesday but did not get a decision in a 3-1 loss.
Analysis: Treinen (2-3, 1.94 ERA) was making his first start since June 28. The rookie right-hander is 1-3 with a 2.27 ERA in six career starts.
|9/18/2014||Jorge De La Rosa, P (Col)||De La Rosa pitched six scoreless innings in Wednesday's 16-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, his first in five starts.
Analysis: De La Rosa (14-11, 4.14 ERA) yielded two hits and two walks in his first victory since Aug. 20. He was 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA in his previous four starts and received eight runs of support.
|9/18/2014||Wade LeBlanc, P (LAA)||LeBlanc will start Thursday's game against Seattle after Jered Weaver was scratched.
Analysis: LeBlanc (0-1) flopped in his first start for the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 25, giving up seven hits and six runs to Miami. The major league-leading Angels made the move one day after clinching the AL West with a 5-0 victory over Seattle and a loss by the Oakland Athletics. The move gives extra rest to Weaver (17-8) and allows the Angels to begin lining up their pitching rotation for the postseason.
|9/18/2014||Jered Weaver, P (LAA)||The Los Angeles Angels have scratched ace Jered Weaver from his scheduled start Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. The Angels made the announcement six hours before game time. Wade LeBlanc will fill in against Felix Hernandez.
Analysis: The major league-leading Angels made the move one day after clinching the AL West with a 5-0 victory over Seattle and a loss by the Oakland Athletics. The move gives extra rest to Weaver (17-8) and allows the Angels to begin lining up their pitching rotation for the postseason.
|9/18/2014||Carlos Frias, P (LAD)||Frias' second major league start didn't go nearly as well as his first. He didn't make it out of the first inning Wednesday in a 16-2 loss to Colorado.
Analysis: Frias (0-1, 6.58 ERA) gave up 10 hits, including seven straight to start the game, and eight runs. The right-hander yielded three hits and one walk in six scoreless innings Sept. 3 in an 8-5 loss to Washington in 14 innings
|9/18/2014||Charlie Blackmon, CF (Col)||Blackmon went 5 for 5, homered and drove in two runs in Colorado's 16-2 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Analysis: It was Blackmon's third game with five or more hits this season. He had a career-high six against Arizona on April 4. The outfielder, now batting .285, was 0 for 13 in his previous four games.
|9/18/2014||Lorenzo Cain, CF (KC)||Cain went 3 for 5 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: The outfielder is batting .350 over his last 10 games.
|9/18/2014||Steve Pearce, 1B (Bal)||Pearce homered twice in Wednesday's win over Toronto.
Analysis: Pearce is crushing the ball at the moment, going 9 for 17 with four home runs, two doubles, nine RBIs and a 1.953 OPS in five games.
|9/18/2014||Brandon Crawford, SS (SF)||Crawford went 4 for 4 and drove in a run in the Giants' 4-2 win over Arizona on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Crawford, now batting .246, is 12 for 24 with seven RBIs in his last seven games. The four hits matched a career high set in Arizona on June 8, 2013.
|9/18/2014||Phil Gosselin, 2B (Atl)||Gosselin had three hits in a 3-1 win over Washington on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Gosselin is 7 for 16 in his last four games and has raised his average to .309.
|9/18/2014||Tuffy Gosewisch, C (Ari)||Gosewisch had three hits in a 4-2 loss to San Francisco on Wednesday.
Analysis: Gosewisch, now batting .231, was 3 for 29 (.103) in his previous nine games.
|9/18/2014||Justin Morneau, 1B (Col)||Morneau tied a season high with six RBIs, including five as part of an eight-run first inning, and the Colorado Rockies routed the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 16-2 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Morneau had three hits and a sacrifice fly, raising his average to .320 and leaping over Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison for the NL batting lead. He hit a three-run homer and a two-run single in the opening inning Wednesday.
|9/18/2014||Marcell Ozuna, CF (Mia)||Ozuna had three hits in a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Ozuna, now batting .270, is 20 for 53 (.377) in his last 13 games with four homers and 11 RBIs.
|9/18/2014||Henderson Alvarez, P (Mia)||Alvarez ended a three-start winless streak with a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Alvarez (11-6, 2.82 ERA), a first-time All-Star this year, allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. He was 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in his prior three outings.
|9/18/2014||Rusney Castillo, CF (Bos)||Castillo went 1 for 4 in his major league debut, a 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The Cuban defector signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox last month.
|9/18/2014||Francisco Liriano, P (Pit)||Liriano earned his third win in a row Wednesday night against Boston.
Analysis: Liriano (6-10, 3.45 ERA) allowed one run in six innings in a 9-1 victory. The left-hander worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and has now given up two runs or less in 11 of his 12 starts since the All-Star break, looking like the pitcher who won 16 games in 2013 than the one that struggled with his command and his health during a rocky first half to 2014.
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