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Martin Maldonado Headshot

Maldonado went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in the Angels' loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

The 30-year-old seized the primary catching duties earlier in the month by getting off to a solid start at the plate, but since the demotion of fellow backstop Carlos Perez, Maldonado is batting just .182 with seven strikeouts in 22 at-bats. Neither Perez nor current backup Juan Graterol have proven to be competent hitters in the major leagues, but Maldonado will need to pick things up if he wants to avoid becoming part of a timeshare with his younger counterparts.
11:01 pm (EST)
Danny Salazar Headshot

Salazar (2-2) allowed three first-inning runs but followed with 3.1 scoreless frames to collect the win against Seattle on Saturday. He finished with six strikeouts.

It was encouraging to see Salazar bounce back from his rough first inning. He's had a hit-or-miss start to the season, as the righty has paired a dominant 13.0 K/9 with a disappointing 4.34 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. The upside is sky high, but figuring out which nights Salazar is going to flirt with it can be frustrating. Salazar lines up next for a road start against the Tigers.
11:01 pm (EST)
Rougned Odor Headshot

Odor blasted his fourth home run of the season to power the Rangers to a 6-3 victory over the Angels on Saturday.

The young second baseman dealt the final blow in a rough fifth inning for Angels starter Jesse Chavez, belting a 1-2 offering into the right-field bleachers. This is a step in the right direction for Odor, as he had been batting just .154 over the past week prior to Saturday night's contest, although his OPS still sits at a relatively disappointing .618 mark.
10:55 pm (EST)
Carlos Gómez Headshot

Gomez hit for the cycle Saturday against the Angels, ultimately going 4-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of runs.

After a slow start to the season, Gomez has turned it on at the plate, picking up 11 hits in his past seven contests. His batting average still sits at a measly .239 mark, but it's notable that he still was placed third in the batting order despite Nomar Mazara being in the lineup, which could mean the top of the Rangers' lineup could be a bit fluid moving forward.
10:48 pm (EST)
Jesse Chávez Headshot

Chavez (2-4) took the loss Saturday against the Rangers, allowing four runs on eight hits and a pair of walks across six innings of work. He also struck out three.

The 33-year-old was cruising through his first four frames of the evening, but the wheels came off in the fifth, when Nomar Mazara, Carlos Gomez and Rougned Odor all collected two-out hits to put the Rangers up for good. This hiked Chavez's pitch count up to 97 in his six innings, with 60 of those offerings going for strikes. Fortunately for him, he'll get to return to Angel Stadium in his next start Friday against the Astros, where he holds a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings pitched over the past three seasons.
10:41 pm (EST)
Hanley Ramírez Headshot

Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Saturday's loss to Chicago.

Even after the round tripper, Ramirez still boasts an underwhelming .368 slugging percentage and .296 wOBA. He's struggled to find a groove to start the season, but with two home runs during his active five-game hitting streak, perhaps business in picking up for the veteran.
10:34 pm (EST)
Braden Holtby Headshot

Holtby was replaced by Philipp Grubauer to start the third period Saturday.

Holtby allowed three goals on just 14 shots before getting yanked. That makes six goals allowed on just 32 shots over the first two games of Washington's playoff series against Pittsburgh.
10:31 pm (EST)
Yu Darvish Headshot

Darvish (3-2) fired six innings against the Angels on Saturday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks en route to the victory. He struck out 10.

The 30-year-old wasn't efficient by any means, as he needed 125 pitches (73 strikes) to get through six frames. However, his high workload was offset by his stellar strikeout total, which vaulted him into the top five in the league in whiffs. Darvish will take his 2.79 ERA on the road in his next start Thursday at Houston.
10:31 pm (EST)
Andrew Benintendi Headshot

Benintendi went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI during Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

The freshman has been as advertised to start the season with 13 runs, three home runs, 14 RBI, two stolen bases and a .326/.388/.477 slash line. It isn't out of the question to expect a few peaks and valleys throughout the season from the youngster, but hitting second in a stacked lineup will likely help Benintendi avoid any lengthy offensive droughts.
10:30 pm (EST)
Alec Burks Headshot

Burks (knee) will remain sidelined for Sunday's Game 7 against the Clippers.

Burks, who's missed the entirety of the postseason thus far, will be sidelined for the final game of the Jazz's series against the Clippers. Though he doesn't play a major role on the team, the Jazz are likely hoping that the 24-year-old can recover before their potential second-round series, as he averaged 6.7 points across 15.5 minutes per game during the regular season.
10:30 pm (EST)
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