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Tim Anderson (R) Headshot

Anderson went 3-for-4 in Friday's 4-3 win over the Rangers.

Anderson's three-hit night was his first since May 21, when his batting average reached a season-high .264. It's been a big struggle since then for the 23-year-old shortstop, but he's showed signs of a rebound in August. He's hit safely in 14 of the last 15 games, slashing .328/.348/.688/1.036 with five home runs, four doubles, two triples, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored over that stretch. Despite the productive run, Anderson remains very much a work in progress. He strikes out way too much and doesn't get on base enough, so plate discipline and pitch recognition should be the main areas of focus over the final six weeks of the season and into the offseason.
8:59 am (EST)
Byron Buxton (R) Headshot

Buxton went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and a solo home run Friday, scoring all three times he reached base in a 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

The homer, Buxton's eighth of the season, was an inside-the-park job that featured the fastest time of any player circling the bases (13.85 seconds) since Statcast began tracking in 2015. The center fielder is once again putting together a big finish to a campaign, slashing .345/.393/.582 with three home runs, five steals, 10 RBI and 12 runs through 17 games in August.
8:46 am (EST)
Miguel Sano (R) Headshot

Sano went 3-for-4 with a walk, two home runs and three RBI in Friday's 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

He led the barrage on a night when the Twins offense erupted for six homers. Sano already has new career highs with 28 home runs, 77 RBI and 75 runs on the season with 42 games left to go, but the 24-year-old may not yet have reached his peak.
8:40 am (EST)
Reynaldo López (R) Headshot

Lopez was still feeling pain in his right side Friday, a day after he was removed from a start, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The right-hander was removed from Thursday's start after 4.1 innings.

Manager Rick Renteria doesn't feel the injury is serious, but the White Sox will be cautious with one of their top pitching prospects. If the pain doesn't subside in the next 24-to-48 hours, it's very likely Lopez won't make his scheduled start Tuesday.
8:39 am (EST)
Ervin Santana (R) Headshot

Santana (13-7) picked up the win in Friday's 10-3 rout of the Diamondbacks, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings while striking out six.

The Twins did most of their damage after Santana had left the game, so while the final score suggests he had an easy night, it was anything but as the veteran righty allowed all three of his runs in the first two innings before settling down. Santana now has 16 quality starts on the year heading into his next outing Wednesday on the road against a White Sox squad he's dominated in 2017 (3-0, 2.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 18:5 K:BB in three starts).
8:37 am (EST)
David Peralta (L) Headshot

Peralta went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 10-3 loss to the Twins.

His 13th blast of the year was one of seven on the night, but unfortunately for the D-backs the other six came off Twins bats. Peralta now has a .327/.404/.592 slash line through 13 games in August with three homers, eight RBI and 12 runs.
8:29 am (EST)
Zack Godley (R) Headshot

Godley (5-6) fell to the Twins on Friday, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out 10 over 5.1 innings.

He needed 106 pitches (63 strikes) to record 16 outs, but Godley actually left the game with the score knotted at 3-3, only for Jorge De La Rosa to quickly allow his inherited runner to score and saddle Godley with the loss. The 10 Ks tied his season high, and the right-hander's 4.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 54:15 K:BB in 42.1 innings since the All-Star break remain useful fantasy numbers in deeper formats. Godley will look to bounce back in his next start Thursday on the road against the Mets.
8:26 am (EST)
Matt Joyce (L) Headshot

Joyce went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Astros.

His eighth-inning shot off Chris Devenski, Joyce's 18th of the season, was the only offense Oakland could muster. The veteran slugger is enjoying a big August so far, slashing .317/.370/.805 with five homers and 12 RBI in 12 games.
8:19 am (EST)
Sean Manaea (L) Headshot

Manaea (8-8) dropped the decision in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Astros, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out two.

After surrendering 18 runs over just 6.2 innings in his last three starts, this was in many ways a welcome return to form for Manaea as he delivered his 11th quality start of the year. On the other hand, he gave up two more homers, and his 2.2 HR/9 in seven starts since the All-Star break has been a big driver in his ugly recent results. The lefty will try to build some momentum in his next outing Wednesday on the road against the Orioles.
8:15 am (EST)
Mike Napoli (R) Headshot

Napoli went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Friday's 4-3 loss to the White Sox.

The homer was his 25th of the year and third in his last six games, but Napoli has only one other hit (a single) during that stretch as he does his best Joey Gallo impression. While the power is nice, the veteran slugger's .197 batting average and .720 OPS would both be career lows if he can't heat up over the final weeks of the season.
8:09 am (EST)
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