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Alex Gordon (L) Headshot

Gordon went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Tuesday in Toronto.

Gordon's eighth-inning long ball was too little too late, as it concluded the scoring in a 5-2 defeat. It did, however, get his name into the record books by eclipsing the record for total home runs hit in a major league season at 5,694. Ironically, the 2005 second overall pick is in the midst of the worst season of his career, slashing just .209/.286/.314 with eight home runs in 137 games at age 33.
11:52 pm (EST)
Frederick Gaudreau Headshot

Gaudreau dished two assists and played over six minutes shorthanded Tuesday against the Panthers.

Gaudreau needs to have a productive preseason to bolster a spot on the Preds' Opening Night roster, and he's off to a good start. His substantial time on penalty kill, combined with winning 56 percent of faceoffs and a plus-2 rating shows that he's perfect for a bottom-six role in Nashville. It'll be interesting to see how he fares as the competition steepens, though, since his sample size in the NHL is dismal.
11:51 pm (EST)
Ian Kennedy (R) Headshot

Kennedy (4-12) took the loss Tuesday in Toronto despite allowing only two runs on three hits while striking out two without a walk over five-plus innings.

Kennedy cruised through five innings, but was pulled without getting an out in the sixth after allowing Darwin Barney to break a scoreless tie with a two-run homer. He was skipped over last time through the rotation due to shoulder fatigue, and that extra rest definitely helped the veteran righty's control as he didn't issue a free pass for the first time in 28 starts this season. Assuming Kennedy makes his next scheduled start Monday, he'll have a tough time repeating this effort at Yankee Stadium.
11:51 pm (EST)
Aroldis Chapman (L) Headshot

Champan worked around a hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to earn his 20th save of the season Tuesday against the Twins.

Staked to a three-run lead, Chapman hardly broke a swat with Chris Giminez doubled with two outs, buckling down to get Max Kepler to end the game. The flamethrower has been in dominant form of late, throwing seven consecutive scoreless outings while converting four straight save opportunities during that span.
11:49 pm (EST)
Xavier Cedeño (L) Headshot

Cedeno (forearm) will be activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday.

Cedeno has been sidelined with a forearm injury since April 21 but is set to rejoin the major-league roster after completing his minor-league rehab assignment. He'll likely operate in a low-leverage relief role upon his activation.
11:49 pm (EST)
Marcus Stroman (R) Headshot

Stroman (12-8) got the win Tuesday against the Royals after allowing one run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings.

Stroman and Kansas City starter Ian Kennedy had matching shutouts going through five innings, but Kennedy blinked first by allowing a two-run homer to Darwin Barney in the sixth, which was all the support Stroman needed to lock down his first victory since Aug. 16. While he has six quality starts in his past nine outings, Stroman only has two wins to show for those efforts. The righty will look to build on this performance Sunday against the Yankees, but that won't be easy with New York steamrolling opponents of late.
11:47 pm (EST)
CC Sabathia (L) Headshot

Sabathia (12-5) threw six innings of two-run ball to get the win Tuesday against the Twins, allowing six hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Sabathia allowed a run after loading the bases in the first inning and allowed a solo home run in the third. He limited baserunners to great effect after the early stages and received the run support necessary to nab his first victory of September. Sabathia bounced back after a shortened outing in his previous start and has now allowed two runs or fewer five times in his last six starts ahead of Monday's turn against the Royals.
11:46 pm (EST)
Colton Sissons Headshot

Sissons scored one goal and served two PIM against the Panthers on Tuesday.

Sissons spent last season in a bottom-six role, but he was given looks on both power play and penalty kill Tuesday. If the 23-year-old center can prove himself effective in theses roles, he could vie for more ice time soon. Still, this was a split-squad scrimmage without a full makeup of stars on either side, so take the preseason opener with a grain of salt.
11:45 pm (EST)
Ken Giles (R) Headshot

Giles allowed a hit but was able to strike out the side Tuesday against the White Sox to pick up his 32nd save of the year.

Giles allowed a single to Tim Anderson to open the ninth inning, but was able to strike out the next three batters on 13 pitches to preserve the Astros' 3-1 lead and pick up his fifth save of the month. Following the game, Manager A.J. Hinch reported that Giles wouldn't be available for Wednesday's contest after appearing in four of the past five games, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Will Harris or Chris Devenski would likely get the ninth-inning nod if a save opportunity were to arise.
11:44 pm (EST)
John Ross Headshot

Ross recorded a 12-yard run in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans. He fumbled on the play.

After Ross' fumble late in the first quarter he didn't get another opportunity. Overall, he was on the field for just five of Cincinnati's 64 offensive snaps. Losing the ball on his first career touch was not a great way to endear himself to his team, but it's still surprising that the Bengals didn't look to their first-round pick's 4.2-speed given their issues scoring. Look for Cincinnati to try to better utilize the speedster moving forward, though his usage will have to increase significantly before he becomes a fantasy factor.
11:43 pm (EST)
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